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LOVET'S REEL. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Given the date of publication of London publisher T. Davis's 1748 collection (just after the second Jacobite rebellion had been put down), the title may refer to Simon Fraser , 11th Lord Lovat. Lovat was a prominent supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and when his cause collapsed he was tried in London for treaon. In April, 1747, he became the last man to be publicly beheaded in England (see Lord Lovat Beheaded for more).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Davis (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1748), 1748; No. 3.