Duchess of Devonshire's Reel (1) (The)
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DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE'S REEL , THE. English, Scottish; Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the music manuscript collection of Aberdeen musician William Mackie, early 19th century. Mackie was a Highland piper and Scots small-piper, although parts of his ms. seem to be for flute and/or fiddle. The tune and title can also be found in the music manuscripts of the Browne Family, Lake District, Cumbria.
There is a "Dutchess of Devonshire's Reel" in Ignatius Sancho's Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779 (London, published by Samuel and Anne Thompson), but it is a different tune than Mackie's (see "Duchess of Devonshire's Reel (2)").