Tears of Caledonia (The)

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X:1 T:Tears of Caledonia, The M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" C:Masterton B:Davies Caledonian Repository (Aberdeen, 1829-30, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmin (D>E)|F2 (ED) A3B|(BA)(GF) {F}E2 (A>G)|{G}F2 (ED) (d>A) (c/B/A/G/)|F2 TE2{DE}D2:| (d>e)|f2 (e>d) ^c2 (de)|B2 (A^G) A2 (d>e)|{g}f2 (ed) {f}e2 (d=c)|A2 (d>e) d3e| f2 (A^c) d3=c|(BA)(GF) {F}E3G|A2 (dA) (G>A/2B/4) (A>G)|{G}F2 TE2 {DFE}D2||



TEARS OF CALEDONIA, THE. Scottish, Air (whole time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune is in the vain of "Roslyn Castle." Composer Allan Masterton was a teacher of writing at the High School of Edinburgh and was an intimate "friend and crony" of poet Robert Burns, according to John Glen[1]. He was the Allan of Burns' song "Willie brewed a peck o' maut."

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - J. Davie & Co. (Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 8.

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  1. John Glen, Early Scottish Melodies, 1900, No. 132.