Old Toon of Broxburn Reel (The)
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OLD TOON OF BROXBURN REEL, THE. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Broxburn  is a town in East Lothian, Scotland, approx. 12 miles west of Edinburgh. It was first inhabited around the year 1350, although the name Broxburn was only applied to the village in 1600. At the time William Findlay composed his tune, the resident of this once agricultural village saw it being transformed by the oil shale industry, which brought about a great expansion due to the influx of workers. There was a William Findlay who worked as an assistant in the shop of Forfarshire fiddler, violin and bow-maker James Findlay (1815-1896), but whether the composer of this reel is the same person, and James was related is not known.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Laybourn (Köhler's Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 277.