Sheet Music: Lady Harriet Hope's Reel

TitleLady Harriet Hope's Reel
Alternate titlesLady Harriot Hope
Miss MacDonald
Monday Morning
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature4/4
Tempo138 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-10-08
Last updated2018-10-08
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.3 (not so popular)
Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 8 October 2018

Tune of the Day: Lady Harriet Hope's Reel

Traditional Scottish reel

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is in Robert Bremner's A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances, published in London in 1757, under the title “Lady Hariot Hope's Reel”. The very popular melody subsequently appeared in many Scottish collections under titles such as “Lady Harriet Hope”, “Miss Hope”, and similar variants.

Some sources have identified Lady Harriet as Lady Henrietta Johnstone (1682–1750), married to Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun. This Lady Henrietta, however, also had a daughter who was a “Lady Henrietta Hope” (1706–1745), and a granddaughter with the same name (c.1750–1786). The earliest known publications of the tune could tally with any one of them!