Kilwinning’s Steeple reel

Also known as An Clog San Cloigteac, The Clock In The Steeple, Kilwinning Steeple.

Kilwinning's Steeple has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Kilwinning's Steeple
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
g|a2ec defg|afec dBBg|a2ec defg|afec (3AAA Ag|
a2ec defg|afec dBBg|a2ec defg|afec (3AAA AB||
c2cA d2dB|efec dBBd|c2cA defg|afec A2AB|
c2cA d2dB|efec dBBd|ceae defg|afec A2A||
X: 2
T: Kilwinning's Steeple
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
g|a2 (ec) defg|afec dBBg|a2 (ec) defg|afec (3AAA Ag|
a2 (ec) defg|afec dBBc|Ac (3efg (ab)af|edBd cA A||
B|c2 cA d2 dB|efec dBBd|c2 cA defg|afed cAAB|
c2 cA d2 dB|efec dBBd|Ac (3efg (ab)af|ecBd cA A||
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Kilwinning’s Steeple

A friendly little reel found in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection. Presented as a single reel in the book, but seems happy enough in your AAB layout. Kilwinning is a town in North Ayrshire, Scotland with an ancient ruined Abby.

Kilwinning Steeple

O’Neill included this tune in his collections with the de-Scottified title "The Clock in the Steeple". It’s possibly derived from an earlier tune called "There’s Nae Luck Aboot the Hoose" (published in, e.g., Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum 1788). There is another tune, "Up and Ware Them A’ Willie" (Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion, Vol.3, 1744) whose B part may also have contributed:

f/g/ | aecA d2- df/g/ | aecA B2- Bf/g/ | a/g/f/e/ d/c/B/A/ d>efd | edcB A2 A :|

The "steeple" in Kilwinning refers to a tower, where the Abbey stood. There were three towers originally, but two were demolished during the Reformation. The remaining tower (steeple), which was used for a jail, and housed the "great bell" eventually collapsed, following a storm in August 1814. A new tower was erected with Masonic ceremony (Kilwinning is the home of the Masonic Lodge) later that year. This has a clock housed within its structure.

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I’ve had many a session in Kilwinning. You’ve got to be wary of who is in your company, however.

Kilwinning’s Steeple, X:2

Here is the version O’Neill published in Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 98, no. 522 as The Clock in the Steeple, An Clog San Cloigteac, a setting very similar to the previous one.
According to, this reel is also known as Jumping Geordie, The Pope’s Toe, The Prince of Wales’ Fancy and The Templeglantine Reel.

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