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No 1 (Figure) Bonnie Dundee Quadrille (Tune no 26 from George Till manuscript)

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Source: George Till manuscript at Gloucester Archive (ref. no. D4190/30)
Performer: Till, George
Place Collected: Stone
Date collected: 1866

George Till was born in 1845 at Berkeley, illegitimate child of Mary Clutterbuck. Between 1851 and 1861 he was living with Thomas and Charlotte Till at Stone, a small village near Thornbury-on-Severn. He married Emma Crump in 1867 and, when their daughter Kate was baptised in 1868, they are both referred to as “Till”. At the time of the 1871 census, he was an agricultural labourer. George died in 1906.
Thanks to Rebecca Dellow for this information

The George Till manuscript is in the Gloucester Record Office under reference number D4190/30. It is a manuscript music book, and has been written from both ends. One end is inscribed “George Till, Stone, 1866”. This is followed by the dance tunes here presented. The other end starts “George Clutterbuck HC(G?) – Stone – nr Falfield”. This is followed by hymn tunes, mostly in 2 parts.

In the linked abc file this is tune number X:1

The name Bonnie Dundee referred originally to the town, but Walter Scott applied it to to John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, a Jacobite leader, who died at the battle of Killiekrankie (1689).
The quadrille of the same name was set by the astonishingly prolific Charles d’Albert (1809-86). He also wrote the Sultan’s Polka or 1,2,3,4,5 and La Tempête. The first two strains of the first tune in the set are the tune to which Scott set his words.

The quadrille was introduced in France around 1760. Reaching English high society in 1816 through Lady Jersey, the quadrille became a craze. As it became ever more popular in the 19th century it evolved into forms that used elements of the waltz, including The Caledonians and The Lancers.
The quadrille was a very intricate dance. The standard form contained five different parts.
part 1: Pantalon (written in 2/4 or 6/8) contained 3 themes, played in the following order: theme A – theme B – theme A – theme C – theme A. All the themes are 8 bars long.

Note by Paul Burgess and Charles Menteith