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X:1 T:London March M:C L:1/8 R:March B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4 (1796, No. 54, p. 21) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F2 F>F F2E2|D>FA>d {c}B2A2|B>dA>d G>dF>d|E>DE>F E2 E>E| F2F>F F2E2|D>FA>d {c}B2A2|B>dA>d G>cd>g|f2 e>d d4:|| a>gf>g a>ag>f|e>fg>e f2e2|d>dd>e f>ff>g|a>ag>f f2e2| A>GF>G A>AG>F|E>FG>E F2E2|D>DD>E F>FF>G|A>AG>F F2 F>E| F2 F>F F2E2|D>FA>d {c}B2A2|B>dA>d G>dF>d|E>DE>F E2 E>E| F2 F>F F2E2|D>FA>d {c}B2A2|BdAd G>cd>g|f2 e>d d4||

LONDON MARCH. AKA - "Berkshire March (The)," "Lord Loudon's March." English, March (4/4 time). England; Lincolnshire, Yorkshire. G Major (Cahusac, Merryweather & Seattle): D Major (Aird, Gibbons/Sumner, Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Merryweather & Seattle): AABA (Cahusac): AABB (Manson, Sumner). The first part of the tune, with a different second strain, is "Favorite Scotch Hornpipe/Scotch Hornpipe (1)" and "March of the Third Regiment of Guards" (also printed by James Aird). As "The London or Berkshire March" it was issued (on a single sheet?) by Edinburgh publisher Neil Stewart in 1795. However, the melody appears to have originated with Scottish musician, composer and publisher Robert Bremner (an expatriate who set up business in London) who published it in 1761 as "Lord Loudon's March."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - an MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle]; the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 54, p. 21. William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 23. Oliver Ditson (The Boston Collection of Instrumental Music), c. 1850; p. 89. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 44. Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddle of Helperby), 1994; No. 108, p. 60. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 76 (originally set in the key of 'C' major). Williams (The John Neilson Music Book), 2013; p. 6.

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