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X:1 T:Kingdom of Fife, The M:9/8 L:1/8 B:David Young – “A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations” (AKA - The B:McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 25, p. 49) F: N:The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland K:Gmix G2 B3c dcB|AFA fcA c2A|G3 B2c d(B/c/d/B/)|GAB gdB d2B:| |:gdg ece dBd|AFA fcA c2A|gdg ece d(B/c/d/B/) |GAB gdB d2B| gdg ece dBd|AFA fcA c2A|G3 TB2c d(B/c/d/B/)|GAB gdB d2B:|]

KINGDOM OF FIFE, THE. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). G Mixoldyian (Young): G Major. (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This melody appears in the Bodleian Manuscript (in the Bodleian Library, Oxford), inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." Aberdeen fiddler and writing master biography:David Young, still living at the time in Edinburgh, also included it in another of his large manuscript collections, the MacFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 25, p. 49), produced a little after as his Bodleian MS. The 9/8 jig was also published in John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1744, No. 148), and in John Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing-Master, volume the Fifth (London, 1754).

According to Wikipedia, it is customarily held that the old county of Fife, located in eastern Scotland between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay, was one of the major Pictish kingdoms, known as Fib. This assertion is now thought to have been a medieval invention, and not a real Pictish kingdom. The earliest known reference to 'The Kingdom of Fife' dates from only 1678, and may have derived from quasi-regal privileges of the Earl of Fife. However, the region is still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife within Scotland.

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