The Miller’s Daughter strathspey

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Miller’s Daughter appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Miller's Daughter has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: The Miller's Daughter
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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Two comments

Re: The Miller’s Daughter

A lot of these tunes are very old and shrouded in the mists of time. This tune, found in McGlashan’s 1780 collection, is said to be the one ‘borrowed’ by William Shield for his Overture to the Opera of Rosina (1783); and said to be the original of the tune known today as "Auld Lang Syne". However, it has echoes of other well-known tunes in addition to ALS, including "Comin’ Thro’ the Rye", The Duke of Buccleugh’s Tune", "I’ve Been Courting At a Lass" and so on.

"The Miller’s Daughter" is possibly a development of an older tune, "I Fee’d a Lad at Michaelmas". Whatever, finding an originator for a tune such as this might be a fruitless task.