Miss Wedderburn’s reel

Also known as Atholl Braes, The Burn O’ Cairnie, The Burn O’ Carnie, The Burn O’ Craigie, The Burn Of Carnie, The Kilt Is My Delight, Miss Wedderburn, Miss Wederburn.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Miss Wedderburn’s has been added to 7 tune sets.

Miss Wedderburn's has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Miss Wedderburn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
F|:{^D}E2 EF EFAc|BAcB AFFA|{^D}E2 EF EFAc|1 BABc (3AAA AF:|2 BABc A2 ((3ABc)||
d2 fd c2 ec|BAcB AFFA|((3Bcd) fd c2 ec|BABc (3AAA Ac|
dfdf ceAc|BAcB AFF=g|fefg abaf|ecBc (3AAA A||
X: 2
T: Miss Wedderburn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
F2|E2 EF EFAc|B>ABc B>AFA|E2 EF EF Ac|B>ABc A2:|
Ac|d2 fd c2 ec|B>ABc BAFA|d2 fd c2 ec|B>ABc A<A Ac|
dfdf cece|B>ABc BAFc|efge abaf|edcB A<A A2||
X: 3
T: Miss Wedderburn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c2 ec B2 dB|AGAB AGEG|1 c2 ec B2 dB|AGAB G2 AB:|2 D3 E G3 B|AGAB G2 AB|
c2 ec B2 dB|AGAB AGEG|c2 ec B2 dB|AGAB G2 AB|c2 ec B2 dB|AGAB AGEG|D3E G3B|AGAB G4||

Sixteen comments

Another 4 bar reel that is popular in Cape Breton. Probably originally Scottish.
In Cape Breton it is common to play the A part an octave higher on the second run through the tune.

Miss Wedderburn’s

Yes, it’s Scottish, published in many of the old collections. Another name for it is “The Burn O’ Cairnie” (or “Carnie”), although when the Old Blind Dogs recorded it they called it “The Burn o’ Craigie”.

Miss Wedderburn’s

If I remember rightly, “The Burn o’ Cairnie” is a strathspey version of “Miss Wedderburn’s” - or perhaps MW’s is a reel version of BoC? In The Skye Collection it says

“Burn o’ Cairnie” or “Miss Wdderburn”, also played as a reel. From Peter Milne’s Collection.“

For a brief biog of Peter Milne, see http://www.nigelgatherer.com/perf/fiddlers/pmiln.html

Thanks for the info, Nigel. “From Peter Milne’s Collection”: so did he write it or collect it?

I do note on your website it says MW is a Peter Milne composition.

Scrub that last comment. I was thinking of Big John MacNeil for some reason.

Miss Wedderburn’s

DonaldK asked, “…did [Peter Milne] write it or collect it?”

It’s much older than Milne. As “The Burn o’ Carnie” it can be found in Bremner’s first collection, c.1751; as “Miss Wedderburn’s” in Joshua Campbell’s c.1786 collection. I expect it was in Milne’s repertoire.

Old Mother Flanagan

Is another name here in the USA… also related to Greenfields of Virginia(America)

From Ceolas Fiddler— Clay County, West Virginia, fiddler Wilson Douglas remarked that he didn’t know where it originated; “its a Clay County tune and French (Carpenter, his mentor) said he never did know. Said the first time he ever heard it played, his dad played it. And he learned it from him and he said he never did know where it came from.” Another West Virginia fiddler, Emory Bailey, also played a version. Bayard (1981) collected this rhyme to the first part in Pennsylvania:
Old Mother Flanagan, never be a man again,
Hole in her stockin’, heel kept a-rockin’.


I keep hearing “Kilt is my delight” Am I drunk again?

Miss Wedderburn’s Reel

The members of this little family are increasing. In Elizabeth Ross’s 1812 manuscript, this tune is given in the key of A as “A Cuir nam Gobhar as a Chraig” (Putting the Goats Off the Rock). Also, on Silly Wizard’s first, self-titled album, they play it in G and D under the title “Atholl Braes”.

Miss Wedderburn’s Reel

Regarding my note above, there are lyrics for the Elizabeth Ross version (X: 2 above):

To chase the goats off the rock, The kilt was my delight;
To chase the goats off the rock, The kilt was my choice.
The kilt, the kilt, the kilt was my choice.

Which brings us neatly to “The Kilt was My Delight”.

Miss Wedderburn’s Oot

This is part of a whole family of tunes, Oot Be Est Da Vong in Shetland, Green Fields of America or Anderson’s etc in Ireland. You could spend all day tallying them all up.

Isn’t Miss Wedderburn in F or Bb in the Kerr’s books?

Atholl Braes

I put the Silly Wizard version:the second part in this version played two times not one like I wrote, and then transported all the notes in Dmajor key, simple.

Is this Captain Wedderburn’s daughter?
So we know what happened after he solved all the riddles….