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X:1 T:Eccles’s Reel M:C| L:1/8 B:David Young – “A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations” (AKA - The B:McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 93, p. 141) F: N:The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland K:D F|D/D/D dF A3=c|BGAF G/F/E/D/ =CE|D/D/D dF A2 Ag|fdef d2c:| |:e|fdgf Te>d =ce|fd e/f/g f z de|fdgf Te>d =ce|fd (3gfe f z de|fdgf Te>d =cg|f/g/a e>f d2d:|]

ECCLES'S RANT. AKA - "Eccles's Reel." Scottish, Rant (cut time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The name Eccles is a Brittonic borrowing of the Latin word ecclesia, meaning church. The melody appears in the Bodleian Manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford), inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." Edinburgh fiddler and writing master Young also included the the (as "Eccles's Reel") in his MacFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 93, p. 141). Anne Gilchrist ["Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody.

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