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X:1 T:Kirkcudbright M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:David Young – Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript (1734, No. 26) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G B|GDGB TA2 EB|GDGB GDGB|cABG TA2 EB|GDGB degd| (e/f/g) (f/g/a) TA2 EB|GB/c/ (d/c/B/A/) G2 G:||:f/g/|gdgb agea|gdgb gdgb| gdgb Ta>gea|fede degd|(e/f/g) (f/g/a) TA2 EB|GB/c/ (d/c/B/A/) G2D:|]

KIRKCUDBRIGHT. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript (in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle), inscribed "A Collection of Country Dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734." Young's Drummond version has unusual six-measure strains. "Kirkcudbright" was also included in Edinburgh fiddler and writing master David Young's MacFarlane Manuscript Book II (c. 1741, p. 232), but not an identical version. The MacFarlane tune was a six measure second strain, but the first strain is of four measures with a repeat.

Kirkcudbright is an Old English word meaning 'Cuthbert's church'.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - David Young (Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript), 1734; No. 26. David Young (A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations Book II, AKA - The McFarlane Manuscript), c. 1741; No. 182, p. 232.

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