Merry Counselor (The)
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MERRY COUNSELLOR, THE. English, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody was printed by London publishers John Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances vol. 4, c. 1744), John Johnson (A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 4, 1747), and David Rutherford (Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances, 1756). It also was entered into the music manuscript collections of William Vickers (Northumberland, 1770), Walter Rainstorp (Cheapside, London, 1747) and Thomas Hammersley (London, 1790).
Source for notated version: the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers  [Seattle]
Printed sources: Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 348.