Lasses of Dunse (The)

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LASS(I)ES OF DUNS/DUNCE/DUNSE (Cailíní Duinse). AKA and see "Galloping Old Woman." Scottish, English; Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hunter): AABB (O'Neill). The melody appears earliest in publisher John Johnson's Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1742, p. 30), and David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1756). It was entered into the 1768 [James] Gillespie Manuscript of Perth, and in a few late 18th century American musicians manuscripts, including those of Luther Kingsley (1795, Mansfield, Conn.), John Hoff (1797, Lancaster, Pa.). It was entered as an untitled march in the Woburn (Mass.) Fife Manuscript, a ms. collection inscribed with the the name Seth Johnson and "Woburn. April 20th day, 1807. I Bought this Book, 5:3." Entries were made between 1807 and as late as 1840. See also the companion tune "Lads of Duns."

The title references the Scottish burgh of Dunse [1] (now called Duns) in Berwickshire, in the Borders region of southeast Scotland.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 158, p. 55. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 292. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 355, p. 73.

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