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LOCHNESS. AKA and see "Sandy is My Darling." Scottish, Strathspey (cut time). A Minor (Aird): B Minor (Buttery). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody is contained in the music copybook [1] of John Buttery (1784-1854), a fifer with British army's 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot (so designated in the army reorganization of 1782), who served from 1797-1814. Later in life Buttery emigrated to Canada, where he died. In his manuscript Buttery identifies the tune as “A Troop”, which could refer to any tune played over a distinctive drumbeat as the unit was about to march off from their assembly to relieve others from duty. It was also used at dress parades, when the band or drum-corps, marched playing some slow marching tune, from their position on the right of the battalion to the extreme left of the line, where they wheeled about, and changed music to a quickstep before returning to their post on the right. Buttery's manuscript collection has also been identified as belonging to John Fife [1], with a suggested date of 1780. Fife was a family name, like Buttery, identified with the manuscript.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Aird (Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 15, p. 7.

Recorded sources: -

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  1. Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, https://www.cdss.org/elibrary/Easmes/Index.htm