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X:1 T:William’s Love C:John Christie N:John was a brother (?) of William Christie, a dancing master, fiddler N:and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, pp. 6-7) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A |:E|(Ac).e.e (ae)fe|(ce).e.e (ef).g.a|(ce)T(fe) dcBA|EAGB A3:| |:c|(ec).c.c Acec|(dB).B.B GBdB|cAec aecA|EAGB A3:| |:e|aefa cefa|gefg agfe|aefa ceaf|ecdB A3:| E|(Ac).e.c (DB).G.B|(ce)T(fe) (dc)T(BA)|GEGB AcTB>A|EAGB A3E| (Ac).e.c dBGB|cefe dcBA|GEBE eETB>A|GEGB A3||

WILLIAM'S LOVE. Scottish, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCD. The tune was composed by John Christie, who was the brother of Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, postmaster, fiddler-composer and dancing master biography:William Christie (1778-1849). There are other compositions of John Christie contained within a c. 1818 manuscript collection [1] that was compiled by William Christie a few years prior his 1820 Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c., and which forms the basis for that latter work. Regarding the title, John Christie seems to be referring to his brother but whom did William love? His brother, his spouse (Mary Guthrie), his children (James and William), or someone/something else (perhaps his love of dancing)?

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Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; pp. 6-7.

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  1. The manuscript is held at the University of Aberdeen Special Collections Dept., Reference GB 231 MS 0793, and is available only by petition.