Holywell Hornpipe (1)

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HOLYWELL HORNPIPE [1], THE. Scottish, Hornpipe. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by William Jeffrey. The name 'holywell' stems from the ages-old practice of ascribing healing and magical powers to springs, a practice which began in pagan times but was Christianized over the years. Churches were often built next to holy wells as a way of co-opting and protecting the site. The pagan practice of leaving offerings to the gods a holy wells was incorporated into Christian religion by attaching saints names to the wells with collection boxes nearby.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Honeyman (The Strathspey, Reel, and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 56.

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