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X: 1 T:Scotch Bonnet [2]. JJo.113 B:J.Johnson Choice Collection Vol 4, 1748 Z:vmp.Steve Mansfield 2014 M:2/4 L:1/8 N:Repeats as shown in Mss Q:2/4=75 K:G G>AB>c | d>Bc>G | A>Bc>d | e/e/eTe2 |A>Bc>d | e>cd>B | c>GA>B | G/G/G G2 :| |: B>GA>B | A>FE>D | B>GA>B | E/E/E TE2 |B>GA>B | A>FE>D | d>Bc>A | G/G/G G2 :| |: g>d B>G | g>d B>G | B>GA>B | E/E/E E2 |g>d B>G | g>d B>G | d>Bc>A | G/G/G G2 |]

SCOTCH BONNET [2]. English, Reel (2/4, cut or whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Rook): AABBCC (Johnson, Thompson). The melody first appears in John Johnson’s Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4 (London, 1748), some two years after the Battle of Culloden and the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This was followed by printings in John Walsh’s Compleat Country Dancing Master, volume the Third (London, 1749) and Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection. The reel was entered into several musicians' manuscript books, including those of Walter Rainstorp (Cheapside, London, begun 1747), William Vickers (Northumberland, 1770), Thomas Hammersley (London, 1790), and the 1842 music manuscript collection of Cumbrian musician John Rook. It can also be found in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

In America, it appears in the copybooks of flute player John Hoff (Lancaster County, Pa., 1797) and fiddler Eleazer Cary (Mansfield, Conn., 1797).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Johnson (Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4), 1748; No. 113. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 196. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 376, p. 131 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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