Weel Bobbet Blanch of Middlebie
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WEEL BOBBET BLANCH OF MIDDLEBIE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEE. According to Robert Riddell of Glenriddell's note with the tune:
According to the tradition of the country, this West Border air has its name from the following anecdote. When Charles the Second was in Annandale, he was at Middlebie and saw Blanch, a young lady of the family, dance a jig, or Cumberland, to this tune.—The Lady danced so well that the King called out in raptures, “Well bobbit Blanch of Middlebie”, which then became the name of the tune.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Riddell (Collection of Scotch Galwegian Border Tunes), 1794; p. 21.
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Read Matt Seattle's essay "West Border Piping Weekend; or, In Search of Blanche of Middlebie"