Prettie Weill Begann Man
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PRETTIE WEILL BEGANN MAN. Scottish, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The Skene manuscript was privately owned by the Skene family of Hallyards, Midlothian, until about 1820 when it was bequeathed to the Advocates Library in Edinburgh. It was transcribed by William Dauney in 1838 and published in Edinburgh under the title Ancient Scottish Melodies. It is currently in the National Library of Scotland. "Prettie Weill Begann Man" was thought to be ancestral to the reel "Lee/Lea Rig (The)."
Source for notated version: the Skene mandora manuscript (c. 1620) [Heymann].
Printed sources: Dauney (Ancient Scottish Melodies), 1838; No. 9, p. 220 . Heymann (Secrets of the Gaelic Harp), 1988; p. 79.