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MISS RICKABY'S. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in Abraham Mackintosh's Collection of strathspeys, reels, jigs, etc., published probably in the early years of the 19th century. Mackintosh was born in 1769, the son of Robert "Red Rob" Mackintosh, a fiddler-composer from Inver, Perthshire, of some reputation. Abraham established himself in Edinburgh as a dancing master and music teacher and published two collections there in the 1790's. At some point soon after he removed south, to Newcastle-on-Tyne, advertising himself there as a "Teacher of Dancing."
It is thought that "Miss Rickaby's" was named for one of his students in his Newcastle-on-Tyne practice.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Mackintosh (Collection of strathspeys, reels, jigs etc.), n.d.; p. 9.