X:1 T:Wright’s Rant M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Reel S:Bremner – Scots Reels (c. 1757) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A Mixolydian cAA eAA | cAA Te2c | dBB gBB | aBB Tf2e | cAA eAA | cAA Te2c | def efg | (f/^g/a)c TB2A :| |: cAA (f/g/a/g/f/e/) | cAA Te2A | dBB (f/g/a/g/f/e/) | aBB Tf2e | cAA (f/g/a/g/f/e/) | cAA Te2c | def efg | (f/^g/a)c TB2A :|]
WRIGHT'S RANT. AKA and see "Border Reel," "Piper's Son (2) (The)," “Stool of Repentance.” Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection, although Daniel Wright's and David Young's versions (as "Border Reel") predate this. It seems likely the title "Wright's Rant" is derived from the tune's appearance as "Border Reel" in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (printed in London by John Johnson, 1740). The tune also appears under this title in Glasgow publisher James Aird’s Airs and Melodies, vol. 1. Another Glaswegian, piper, pipe teacher and pipe-maker William Gunn, printed the tune in his Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes (1848) as "Iain Mac a Phìpir/Piper's Son (2) (The)." The tune also is related to a jig in Northumbrian musician William Vickers' large 1770 music manuscript collection entitled "Scots came over the Border (The)"; the second strains are clearly cognate, while the first strains are less clearly related, with Vickers' strain perhaps a derivative formation.
The first strain of "Wright's Rant" is the same as the second strain of "Stool of Repentance."