A Caledonian country dance
"The Miller's Wedding"
A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances
London: Printed & sold by Robert Bremner, [1760s]
James Fuld Music Collection, 2008
In his quest to document and preserve Scottish song, Burns combed through published collections and traveled the countryside to find worthy examples. He often turned to popular dance music, freely adapting traditional verses to suitable melodies. Robert Bremner's Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances was an important source. It included "The Miller's Wedding," sometimes called "The Miller's Daughter," a strathspey (a type of Scottish dance) that includes a very subtle hint of the tune we now call "Auld Lang Syne."