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WEE TOTUM FOGG. Scottish, Air (3/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The song "Wee Willy Gray," printed by Johnson in the Scots Musical Museum, is set to an older song air called "Wee Totum Fogg" (which takes its name from the first line). The antiquarian Stenhouse identified this as a Scottish nursery-rhyme tune to which is sung:

Wee Totum Fogg
Sits upon a creepie;
Half an ell o' gray
Wad be his coat and breekie.

The melody appears earliest in print in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum, (No. 514). The tune is in the triple-time old (single) hornpipe rhythm (i.e. 3/2).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (Scots Musical Museum), 1803; No. 514. Seattle (The Border Bagpipe Book: Music for the Lowland Pipes), 1993.

Recorded sources: Temple Records, Gordon Mooney - "O'er the Border" (2008).

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