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OLD TUNES – ROSLIN CASTLE


The air to Roslin Castle was wrongly attributed to James Oswald. Although it appears in his collection (1752) as Roseland Castle,* it is not marked as his tune.

It had appeared in a 1746 collection by William McGibbon as The House of Glams.**

The words were written by Richard Hewitt of Cumberland, who died in 1764. Hewitt was employed as … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – ROGUES MARCH


Rogue (Webster’s 1913 Dictionary)

n. 1.(Eng. Law) A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.

2. A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.

“The Rogue’s March” was a well known tune during the American Revolution. The tune used to be played to drum out dishonoured soldiers from the Army. During the playing, they were stripped of rank, … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – RAKES OF MALLOW


The song with tune was printed about 1740 as a single sheet issue, copies of which are in the British Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

This well-known drinking song is generally accepted as an Irish tune, since Mallow is a town in County Cork, Ireland. However, there have been early versions of this tune with the title “The Rigs … Continue reading


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