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HE'S BONNY. AKA – "He's Bonny. He's o'er the hill this night that I loe weel for a' that." Scottish, Slow Air. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. A note in the Gows' Fifth Collection (1809) reads: "This Tune is Supposed to have been Composed about the year 1745." Under the title "He's ower the hill that I know well," the melody is a staple of pipe bands.
Source for notated version:
Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 542.
Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspeys, Reels), 1809; p. 15.
MacLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; no. 92, p. 54.