Hurrah for the Bonnets of Blue

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HURRAH FOR THE BONNETS OF BLUE. English, Scottish; Air and Jig. England, Northumberland. G Major (Hall & Stafford, Manson, Raven): D Major (Ross, Sweet). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hall & Stafford, Manson, Raven): AAB (Ross): AABB (Sweet): ABC (Davidson). 'Blue Bonnets' is a euphemism for the Scots, stemming, it is said, from the custom of Jacobite troops identifying themselves with a white cockade worn on a blue bonnet, the only thing that passed for a uniform in those days. The white cockade emblem is said to have originated when Bonnie Prince Charlie plucked a wild rose and pinned it to his hat.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: G.H. Davidson (Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody), n.d. (possibly c. 1830's); p. 31. Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1956; p. 14. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1853; p. 183. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 112. William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 89, pp. 92-93. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 21.

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