Annotation:Flaughter Spade (The)

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X:1 T:Flaughter Spade, The B:David Young – “A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations” (AKA - The B:McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 24, p. 49) F: N:The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland M:6/8 L:1/8 K:G d|TB>cd def|ecc ecc|Bcd def|gfe d2:| |:c|BGG BdB|TA2F (A/B/c)A|BGG BdB|cAF G2:|]

FLAUGHTER SPADE, THE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The this simple jig (6/8) appears in Scottish amateur violinist and writing master biography:David Young's MacFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, p. 49), who was living in Edinburgh at the time.

A Flaughter Spade was the name of a farm implement, from the Teutonic verb to flauch or remove the skin. It was a form of the Breast Plow, a tool that assisted plowing pushed by an individual's chest or (more typically) hips,
and was used to cut turf. The turf was stacked, dried and burnt and the ashes then spread on the fields as a basic fertilizer.

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