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KISS ME FAST, MY MINNIE'S (Mother's) COMING. AKA and see "Bob of Dunblane]]," "Boll of Bear," "Bonny Jockey," "Bowl of Bigg," "Cailleach an Dordon," "Kiss Me Suen My Minnie's Coming," "Quick March Scot's Royals." Scottish, English; Jig. England, Northumberland. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Aird, Gow): AABB' (Athole). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (p. 14). James Gillespie entered the jig in his 1768 manuscript collection under the title "Boll of Bear," while Glasgow publisher James Aird included it in his Selection of Scotch, English Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (1782, No. 156, p. 54, as "Quick March Scot's Royals"), printed in Glasgow (as well as a reprise printing in in vol. 2, 1785 as "Kiss Me Fast..."). Despite Glen's inference for a Scottish provenance, English printings of the title (with the alternate identified as "Bonny Jockey") are considerably older and appear in Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, 1735) and in (Daniel) Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 2, published by John Johnson (London). See Walsh's "Kiss Quick Mother's a-Coming," a different tune.

The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800, and a Northumbrian versions can be found in William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection (as "Bowl of Bigg") and in John Bell's (1783-1864) c. 1812 music manuscript collection [1].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 99, p. 36. Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances for the German Flute or Violin), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 27. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 526. Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 6. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 37. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 137.

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