Annotation:How Can I Keep My Maidenhead?

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X:1 T:How can I keep my maidenhead T:Lennox Love to Blantyre M:C| L:1/8 B:David Young – “A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations Book II” B:AKA - The McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 188, p. 235) F: N:The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland K:F C/D/|F3G TA>G FA|G/G/G GA d>c de|f>d Tc>B TA>G FA|GAFC D/D/D D:| |:f|c>d f>g a>g f>a|Tg>f ga g/a/g/f/ df|cdfg a>g fa|gfba Tg2f:|]

HOW CAN I KEEP MY MAIDENHEAD? AKA and see "Coll. Montgomery's Strathspey," "Colonel Lennox's Love," "Lenox Love to Blantyre." English, Scottish; Reel. England, Northumberland. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by James Crockat, about 1723, from the older tune "Lenox Love to Blantyre." The melody was later said to have been called "Braes of Auchtertyre." Alburger (1983), however, says: "Although collectors since that time have accepted this claim (presumably because {antiquarian William} Stenhouse stated he had the music 'in the handwriting of James Crockat'), 'Lennox Love' and 'The Braes of Auchtertyre' are not similar. Moreover, no trace of the MS., the missing link, is known, the only reference coming from Stenhouse."

"How Can I Keep My Maidenhead?" was published by John Johnson in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1742). The tune and title were also included by Edinburgh fiddler and writing master David Young in his MacFarlane Manuscript Book II (c. 1741, p. 235).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland) [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Offord (John of the Greeny Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 81. Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 2; No. 300. David Young (A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations Book II, AKA - The McFarlane Manuscript), c. 1741; No. 188, p. 235.

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