Stewart's Rant (The)

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X:1 T:Steward's Rant M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:John Walsh - Caledonian Country Dances (1731, p. 5) N:"London. Printed for and sold by J. Walsh, Music Printer and Instrument maker N:to his Majesty, at ye Harp & Hoboy in Catherine Street the Strand." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/d e/f/g d2B2|cA_fA cA_fA|B/c/d e/f/g d2B2|cA (Tfe/f/) g2G2:| |:BG G/G/G BGBG|AD D/D/D ADAD|BG G/G/G BGBG|AD D/D/D d2G2:|]



STEWART'S RANT(, THE). AKA and see “Dick a Dollis,” “Lady Jane Stuart's Rant,” “Steward's Rant,” “Stuart's Rant,” "Was You at the Bridal," “Was Yow at the Wedding.” Scottish, Rant/Reel (whole or cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Rather that an eight bar phrase this tune has a four bar rant phrase repeated. The tune is commonly used for the country dance "General Stewart's Reel." The tune is included in the second part of the Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734, No. 21), in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle), inscribed "A Collection of the best Highland Reels written by David Young, W.M. & Accomptant." The MS is also known as The Duke of Perth's Manuscript after its dedicatee. Young also included the reel in a later work, The MacFarlane Manuscript Part 2 (c. 1740, Np. 194, p. 238), albeit under the title "Was You at the Bridal." As "Stewart's Rant" it also can be found in the James Knox Manuscript[1] (c. 1749-1764, No. 85, f. 26).


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Printed sources : - Emmerson (Rantin’ Pipe and Tremblin’ String), 1971; No. 38, pp. 133 134. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1817; p. 24. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1986; p. 29. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 21, No. 2, p. 15. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 3. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; p. 20. Petrie (Fourth Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs & Country Dances), 1805; p. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 17. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 60.






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  1. James Knox of Nethershields was factor (like a chief of operations) to the Stuarts of Castlemilk and Torrance.