Fettercairn Reel (The)

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X:1 T:Fettercairn Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:Young put two sharps as the key B:David Young - The Drummond Castle Manuscript, Part 2 (1734, No. 13) B:https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/manuscripts/drummond2.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G g|dBGB d/c/B/A/ GB|dBde Tf2 df|eATcA c/d/e Ac/d/|edef gg a/g/f/e/| dBGB d/c/B/A? GB|dBde TF2 DF/G/|AFGE FDEC|AAGF E2 E:| |:g|dgBg dgBg|dgBg Tf2 df|eaca eaca|edef gg a/g/f/e/| dgBg dgBg|dgBg Tf2 df/g/|afge fdec|Aagf e2e:| |:g|G/G/G (BG) dGBg|G/G/G (BG) d>cBa|A/A/A (TcA) eATca|A/A/A (TcA) e2 (e/f/g)| G/G/G (BG) dGBg|G/G/G (BG) d>cBg|aegd Te>dBa|A/A/A (Tc>d) e2e:| |:g|dgdB dgdB|dBde Tf2 df|eaec eaec|edef gg a/g/f/e/| dgdB dgdB|dBde Tf2 df/g/|aegd Te>dBa|A/A/A (Tcd) e2 e:| |:g|GB d/c/B/A? GB d/c/B/A/|GB d/c/B/A/ GB d/c/B/A/|Ae a/g/f/e/ Ae a/g/f/e/ |Ae a/g/f/e/ Ae a/g/f/e/| GB d/c/B/A/ GB d/c/B/A/|GGBd Tf2 df/g/|aegd Te>dBa|A/A/A (Tcd) e2e:| |:g|fdgBg dgBg|dgBg dgBg|Aaca Aaca|Aaca Aaca| Bgdg Bgdg|Bgdg Tf2 dg|dgdg dfdf|A/A/A (Tcd) e2 e:| |:g|d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/|d/c/B/A? G/A/B/c/ d/c/d/e/ f/e/f/d/| e/f/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ e/f/e/c/ A/B/c/d/|e/f/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ e/d/e/f/ g/f/g/e/| d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/|d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/ d/c/d/e/ f/e/f/d/| e/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/ A/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/|AA B/A/B/d/ e2 e:| |:g|d/g/g/g/ B/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/ B/g/g/g/|d/g/g/g/ B/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/ B/g/g/g/| A/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/|A/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/|A/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/ A/a/a/a/ c/a/a/a/| B/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/ B/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/|B/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/ Tf2 d>g| d/g/g/g/ d/g/g/g/ d/f/f/f/ d/f/f/f/|AA B/A/B/d/ e2e:|]



FETTERCAIRN REEL, THE. AKA and see "Bob of Fettercairn (The)," "Newburn Lads." Scottish, Reel. The melody, with elaborations, appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript Part 2 (1734, No. 13, in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle), inscribed "A Collection of the best Highland Reels written by David Young, W.M. & Accomptant." The manuscript is sometimes called the Duke of Perth Manuscript after its' dedicatee. Young also entered the tune into his subsequent manuscript collection, The MacFarlane Manuscript (c. 1740, No. 204, p. 242).

Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire, is a village north of Brechin approached by a wooded valley along which MacBeth is believed to have retreated after his defeat at Dunsinane. It was the site of Kincardine Castle, whose history goes back to the 10th century. A turreted arch commemorating the 1861 visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert survives at the entrance to the village.


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