Arthur’s Seat (reel)
This is a Scottish reel written along the lines of the Musical Priest. It comes from the fiddle and whistle duet playing of Duncan Dyker and Dougie Pincock. The notes of the recording inform that it appears in the Athole Collection (1884).
This tune was written by J.Scott Skinner.
No it wasn’t….
2 different tunes with the same name, and this is not the Scott Skinner one.
There have always been questions about the origins of some tunes claimed to be written by James Scott Skinner
Sean Macutcheon said, "There have always been questions about the origins of some tunes claimed to be written by James Scott Skinner…"
Would you like to elaborate on this statement, Sean?
Arthur’s Seat, the reel
Arthur’s Seat is a reel in The Athole Collection (1884) http://space-bar.co.uk/folk/tunes/athole.html while Arthur Seat is a hornpipe writing by Scott skinner (circa 1920) http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/display.php?ID=JSS0663
There are four tunes called "Arthur’s Seat" that I know of:
1) The reel above in B minor from the Athole Collection (1884)
2) The hornpipe in B flat composed by Scott Skinner.
3) A reel in E major in William Marshall’s 1781 collection.
4) A reel in G major in David Young’s manuscript, c.1740.
Sean Macutcheon’s comment about there being questions about Scott Skinner’s claims is wholly wrong.