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NEW BIGGING. AKA - "Newbiggin," "Newbigging." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The melody appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript (in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle), inscribed "A Collection of Country Dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734." A Bigging (Biggin) usually means a building or cottage, although it can mean a cloth cap. The tune was also published in London by John Johnson in Wright's Compleat Collection of celebrated country Dances. Vol. 2 (1742, p. 43), as "The New Beggin".

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: David Young (Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript), 1734; No. 8.

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