Lady Betty Cochrane's Reel (1)

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X:1 T:Lady Betty Cochran's Reel [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Bremner - Scots Reels (1757) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C E | C/C/C CE GcGE | FDd^c dAA=c | GcEc GAca | g<c f>d ecc :| e | c/c/c ec gcec | Gcec adde | c/c/c ec gcec | Gc (B/c/d) ecce | c2 (e/d/c) fc (e/d/c) | Gc (e/d/c) adde | cdAc GAca | g<c f>d e>cc ||

LADY BETTY COCHRANE [1]. Scottish, Reel (whole time). B Flat Major (Stewart): C Major (Lowe, Muhollan): D Major (John Gow). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Gow, Lowe): AABB' (Mulhollan). "Lady Betty Cochrane (1)" was very popular reel, judging by the number of collections in which it appears. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 (p. 72) and Daniel Dow's c. 1775 (p. 4) collections, although it also appears in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection and Robert MacIntosh's 1783 collection (p. 32). London music publisher John Gow (Niel Gow's son) included it in his Favorite Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels (c. 1804). The tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.

See note for "Lady Betty Cochran's Strathspey" for information on the person of the title.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 72. Daniel Dow (Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances), c. 1775, p. 24. John Gow (A Favorite Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels), London, c. 1804; p. 22. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 99, p. 13. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 18. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 29. Straight (24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1783), 1783; p. 4.

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