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INGLE SIDE, THE. Scottish, Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song was written by Hew Ainslie (1792-1878), born at Baugeny Mains, Ayrshire, who emigrated to the United States in 1822. In 1820 he had published a collection of his Scottish songs and ballads, entitled A Pilgrimage to the Land of Burns, edited by his friend William Wilson, which contains "Ingle side." The volume was reissued in New York in 1855. Ainslie's poems were well received, and his is considered one of the minor Scottish poets. He died in Louisville, Kentucky, having spent much of his life in America as what might now call a building contractor. His song begins:

It's rare to see the morning bleeze,
Like a bonfire frae the sea;
It's fair to see the burnie kiss
The lip o' the flowery lea;
An' fine it is on green hill side,
When hums the hinny bee;
But rarer, fairer, finer fair,
Is the Ingle side to me.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 122.

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