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QUICK STEP WEST FENCIBLES. Scottish, March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Fencibles (short for 'defenceibles') were militia units raised during the wars with France in the latter 18th/early 19th century. They performed garrison duty in their home region, freeing up regular units for service overseas. The Fencible units also were charged with keeping public order, and were deployed to quell unrest during the Gordon riots at the end of the 1770's.

Wikipedia [1]: "The Argyle or Western Fencibles was raised by Lord Frederick Campbell, who had been appointed colonel, and it was embodied in Glasgow in April, 1778. Of the men, 700 were raised in Argyleshire and other parts of the western Highlands; the rest were recruited in Glasgow and the south-west of Scotland. Sir James Campbell of Ardkinglas was appointed lieutenant-colonel, and Hugh Montgomery of Coilsfield, afterwards Earl of Eglintoun, Major. The regiment was disbanded in 1783."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 184, p. 63.

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