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JOHN BUTTREY MS


Lincolnshire, England. Early 19thC

Go to ABC file of the Melody section of the MS

The work of transcription has been done by a team of volunteers as follows:-

Tune numbers 1-43, by Roger Hare 5-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 44-78, by Steve Dumpleton 23-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 79-139, by Peter Dunk 28-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 140-183, by Steve Mansfield 7-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 184-207, by Quinton Cumbes 23-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 208-240, by Mike Hicken 30-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 241-255, by Anahata 23-4-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 255-335, by Chris Partington et al 29-4-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 336-374, by Taz Tarry 9-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 375-412, by Greg Bradfield-Smith 24-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 413-462, by Nigel Rainer 31-1-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 463-499, by Ruairidh Greig 23-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 500-531, by Mike Hicken 5-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 532-578, by Eric Conrad 12-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 579-625, by Rob Watkins 21-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 626-660, by Steve Dumpleton 13-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 661-697, by Quinton Cumbes 2-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 698-734, by Greg Bradfield-Smith 28-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 735-774, by Peter Dunk 17-4-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 775-810, by Mike Hicken 14-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 811-846, by Nigel Rainer 20-2-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 847-886, by Taz Tarry 8-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 887-923, by Steve Mansfield 2-5-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 924-961, by Quinton Cumbs 24-3-19    PDF of this section
Tune numbers 962-979, by Nigel Rainer 28-3-19   PDF of this section
Tune numbers 980-995, by Nigel Rainer 11-3-19   PDF of this section
Tune numbers 996-1009, by Greg Bradfield-Smith 3-5-19   PDF of this section

There are in fact 1015 tunes in the melody file, not 1009, but we have tried to stick to the numbering given by Buttrey

In addition a total of 49 Harmony parts are provided in the MS, separate from the Melody parts.
Harmonies 01-23 by Mike Hicken 31-3-19 ABC file PDF of this section
Harmonies 24-49 by Roger Hare 2-4-19 ABC file PDF of this section
Harmonies combined with Melodies (i.e. Primo and Secundo together) 2-4-19 ABC file PDF of this section. This has involved some adjustments to both primo and secundo parts to make them fit. I have not noted these changes in this file, but the originals can be found in their respective original files


John Buttrey, (b 1784) of Lincolnshire, joined the British Army, 34th Regt., as a fifer in 1797, at the age of 13. He served for 19 years, mostly in India and South Africa.
The manuscript, whatever its previous history, traveled with him in 1849 to Canada, where it remains with his family to this day. The manuscript is being transcribed with the kind permission of Sandra Cameron. Plans are in place for it to eventually reside at the City of Toronto Archives.

This is a very large manuscript containing over 1,000 musical items, illustrated accounts of the Battle of St. Kitts, 1782, and the Battle of the Nile, 1798, various sketches,  and some inscriptions, including John Buttrey's signature

There is a website dedicated to the manuscript and its story, complete with images of the whole MS, at https://buttreymilitarysocialtunes1800.wordpress.com/

Whether or not the music was written down by 1) the same person who wrote the illustrated accounts of the battles, or 2) the other sketches, including the one that depicts the "Uniform for the Drum major Boy H(er).M(ajesty's). 34th Regiment for the year 1804 & 5″, or 3) by John Buttrey himself, or 4) another person entirely, in my opinion the whole of the music content is in the same hand.

Tune #345 Croppies Lie Down dates from 1798, Tune #727 Battle of the Nile no earlier than 1798, Tune #1004 Jessie The Flower of Dunblane composed in 1808. Some of the tunes are taken from editions 5+6 of Aird, i.e. 1798-1801. These various dates bracket the period that Buttrey served as a musician in the army.



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