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X:2 T:Rover [1], The T:Ho! 'se mo rùn an t-òigear L:1/8 M:C S:Fraser Collection (1816) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin B|E<E B>F [G,2E2] E>F|E<E B>F D2 D<F|E<E B>F G>AB>e| d>B A<d F>DDB|E<E B>F [G,2E2] E>F|E<E B>F D2 D>F| E<E B>F G>AB>e|d>G A<d F>DD||f|b>e b/a/g/f/ a<d d>f| b>e b/a/g/f/ g>ef>e|d>B A<d F>D D<f|b>e b/a/g/f/ b<ee<f| b>e b/a/g/f/ a<dd<f|(3efg (3fga (3gab (3efg|B/^c/d A<d FDD||

ROVER [1], THE (Ho! 'se mo rùn an t-òigear). Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Prince Charles seems to be the hero of (this tune), under the denomination of the Rover, whether from the voice of Flora MacDonald or any other of his female admirers, is now uncertain. A number of fine airs owe their origin to the extraordinary exertions of this lady in favouring his escape, and her memorable defence, which implied that she would have done the same for the reigning king if similarly circumstanced. Of these none appear more interesting than the Scots air of 'Charlie, He Is My Darling', which does not belong to this work, but is in the course of publication by Mr. Gow, and is truly enchanting" (Fraser).

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Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 139, p. 56. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 598 (set as a reel). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 254.

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