O This is no My Ain Lassie

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X:1 T:Reel [2], The T:O This is no My Ain Lassie M:C L:1/8 B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 18) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|FADa {g}f2 ed|(B/c/d) AF BEEA|FADa {g}f2 ed|(B/c/d) AF ADD:| A|FADA FABA|FADf e(EEA)|FADA FABA|Bdce d(DDA)| FADA FABA|FADf (eEEg)|afge fdec|dBAF ADD|



O THIS IS NO MY AIN LASSIE. AKA - "This is no my ain house." AKA and see "Miss Welsh's Fancy." Scottish; Reel, Air and Country Dance Tune (whole or 2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title of a 1795 song by poet Robert Burns, set to the tune of "This is no my ain house."

I see a form, I see a face,
Ye weel may wi' the fairest place;
It wants, to me, the witching grace,
The kind love that's in her e'e.

Chorus:
This is no my ain lassie,
Fair tho, the lassie be;
Weel ken I my ain lassie,
Kind love is in her e're.

The tune is a version of "Miss Welsh's Fancy," printed by William Campbell in 1795. The first strain is shared with Alexander Don's strathspey "Caledonian Hunt (1) (The), appearing in the Gow publications and the 1838 music manuscript book of musician William Irwin. Edinburgh fiddler-composer and bandleader Robert Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) printed the tune in his Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels (c. 1804) under the generic title "The Reel."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Cameron (Cameron's Selection of Violin Music), Glasgow, 1859; p. 31. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880’s; No. 367, p. 41. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1844-45; p. 8. Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), 1804; p. 18 (appears as "The Reel").

Recorded sources : - Decca 14028 (78 RPM), Colin Boyd (1934). Parlophone PMD1012, Jimmy Shand - "Scottish Country Dances In Strict Tempo No. 1."




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