This setting is from my 2006 book "Over The Hills And Far Away" (still available) where it is placed with two thematically linked tunes. The notes in the book are as follows:
A small sign on the A701 near Tweedsmuir still points to the site of Linkumdoddie. The fine reel bearing this title first surfaces in Robert Bremner’s Reels, where it is called Blue Britches, with its earliest known appearance under the Linkumdoddie title (actually Linkem Dodie, usually given in later versions as Link Him, Doddie) in James Gillespie’s manuscript (Perth, 1768), a version identical to Bremner’s apart from a few missing ties and trills.
Both Bremner and Gillespie tie quavers across the beat to give a syncopated effect; a less ambiguous rhythmic spelling is used here to safeguard this attractive rhythmic feature.
Despite many later settings as both a reel and strathspey, in this editor’s opinion Bremner’s original version has not been bettered. It has however been miscopied, so beware of inaccurate versions.
I like it…
Though I do find myself leaning more towards strathspey… 😀
“Over The Hills And Far Away: Music for Lowland and Border Bagpipes”
This is not a reel but a strathspey. It also appears in several other collections https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Link_Him_Doddie_(1) including The Athole Collection which contains a slightly different version, closer to the one played by Chris Norman on The Caledonian Flute album https://thesession.org/recordings/2197