Quick March of the 2nd Battalion of Royals
QUICK MARCH OF THE 2nd BATTALION OF ROYALS. English, March (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. James Aird dedicated his compilation to the various ‘volunteer and defensive bands’, a reference to the British militia units locally raised for defense of the home islands during the wars with the French. The title, however, refers to the 1st Royal Regiment, 2nd Battalion, known as "The Royals" or "Royal Scots", who served in America during the French and Indian Wars, and were involved in the capture of the fortress of Louisburg, Cape Breton island, in 1758, as well as actions at Ticonderoga, and in the Carolinas, where they helped quell the Cherokee uprising. The 2nd Batallion, 1st Royals, were were at the capture of Montreal in 1760 and Havana in 1762, and returned home in 1763, when peace was signed. The unit motto was "First of foot, right of the line, and the pride of the British army."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs vol. 2), c. 1785; p. 6, No. 16.