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NOVA SCOTIA. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first printed by John Johnson in his Choice Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 6 (London, 1751). Nova Scotia had been a British possession since the early 18th century, despite its majority Acadian population. In 1749 Halifax was made the capital of the province. However, just two years before the (London publishers) Charles and Samuel Thompson's publication, the British Army forcibly evicted some 12,000 individuals of the French-Speaking population in what is known as the Grand Dérangement, or Great Expulsion.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 2.