Sir George Ramsay's Lament

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X:1 T:Sir George Ramsay's Lament M:C| L:1/16 R:Slow Air C:"by Miss C. Dal____e" (Caroline Dalrymple) B:John Watlen - The Celebrated Circus Tunes (Edinburgh, 1791, p. 29) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A B2|GB3 EG3 B,3G,B,3E|B3G EFGE FF3 F2BG|EG3 CE3 B,3G, B,2 ec| |1 {c}B3G BceB G2E2 E2:|2 {c}B3G FGAF G2E2 E2||:B2|GB3 {ef}g3e Be3 cBAG| ee3 {e}a3g Tfefg fgag|{ef}g3e Bege fedc B3G|B2-B{cd}eB c2AFB G2E2 E2:| |:B2|GB3 EB3 Tc3Bc2e2|B3G EcBG FF3- F2B2|GB3 EG3 B,3G, B,2ec|{c}B3G FGAF G2E2E2:|| B2|GB3 g3e fefg fbge|{G}B3c ec'gb ff3-f2b/3a/|gb3 eg3 ce3 B3G|BB3-B3G {cBG}B2e2 e2zG| GB3 B3e edeB GBEB|Ac3BG3 TF3EF3B|G/G3/G3/B/ E/E3/E3/G/ B,/B,3/B,3/G/, B,3e|Te2 {de} (f/e/d/c/) B3G B2E2 E2||

Col. William Dalrymple
SIR GEORGE RAMSAY'S LAMENT. Scottish, Slow Air (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCCD. John Watlen, in his 1791 collection of tunes from the Edinburgh circus, credits "Sir George Ramsay's Lament" to "Miss C. Dal____e". Caroline Dalrymple was one of the daughters of Col. William Dalrymple of Fordel, a retired army officer (his troops were involved with the Boston Massacre). The title refers to another army officer, Sir George Ramsay, 9th of Dalhousie (1770–1838). In 1816 he was appointed Lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, and in 1820 was promoted to Governor-general, at which time he moved to Quebec. His tenure was a failure, as he was unable to manage the tensions between and English administration and French-Canadian legislature, and his rigid and elitist personality made it particularly difficult for him to succeed. In 1828 the London government transferred him to a military command in India. Well-meaning and energetic, Dalhousie lacked the political skills needed to cope with the challenges of an increasingly volatile British North America.

Edinburgh musician and dancing master Alexander Gibb issued A New Collection of Minuets, Medlies, High Dances, Marches, Strathspey and other Reels With Entertaining Tunes &c. in 1798 and dedicated it to Miss C. Dalrymple. Alexander Gibb was from Haddington; John Glen finds that one of his advertisements reported 'that he had not been to Paris this year, but that he had as many modern dances, and fashionable reel and country dance steps, as any of his line in the town.'

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - John Watlen (The Celebrated Circus Tunes), Edinburgh, 1791; p. 29.

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