Miss Watson's Favorite
X:1 T:Miss Watson's Favorite M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:"By Miss C.D." (Dalrymple) B:John Watlen - The Celebrated Circus Tunes (Edinburgh, 1791, p. 13) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Eb B,|E>FE GEG|BGB e2c|BGB AFA|(A/G/F)F F2B,| EFE GEG|BGB e2B|cde dfd|eee e2:| |:B|e2e (g/f/e)f|geg b2a|geg bag|a/g/ff f2B| efe (g/f/e)b|gee' b2g|bge afd|eee e2:| B,|EEE FFB|EEE FFB|GB,E BAG|(A/G/F)F F2B,| EEE FFB|EEE FFB|BGE AFD|EEE E2B,| EEE FFB|EEE FFB|GBe BGE|(A/G/F)F F2B,| EEE FFB|EEE FFB|BGE AFD|EEE E2||
MISS WATSON'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Country Dance or Jig (6/8 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBC. The tune appears in John Watlen's The Celebrated Circus Tunes (Edinburgh, 1791), a reference to Edinburgh's Royal Circus, an extension of Phillip Astley's London-based Royal Circus. The circus provided an alternative entertainment to the theater, concerts or the opera, and featured equestrian acts, acrobatics, songs and dancing, and pantomime. Watlen notes the tune was composed by "By Miss C.D.", whose last name may have been Dalrymple (he printed few other of her compositions as well). Watlen included several compositions by Lady Elizabeth Dalrymple Lindsay, the Countess of Balcarres, in his 1791 volume, perhaps a relation of "Miss C.D.". Alexander Gibb, a dancing master from Haddington, dedicated his Edinburgh-published A New Collection of Minuets, Medlies, High-Dances, Marches, Strathspey and other Reels (1798) to Miss C. Dalrymple. See note for "Oxford Castle" for more on this person whom I believe to be Christian Dalrymple.