Miss McNeil’s Fancy
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MISS McNEIL'S FANCY. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was composed by John Watlen and first appears in his The Celebrated Circus Tunes (Edinburgh, 1791), a title that references Edinburgh's Royal Circus, an extension of Phillip Astley's London-based Royal Circus. Five years later the tune was reprinted by Glasgow publisher James Aird, without credit to the source or composer.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 93, p. 37. Watlen (The Celebrated Circus Tunes), 1791; p. 12.