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“The Stool or Repentance” is the name of a Scottish jig that has not only survived but is widely disseminated has remained popular for nearly three centuries. An early version of the melody can be found in the William Dixon manuscript dated 1734, and, as “Border Reel” it can be found in David Young’s Duke of Perth ms. from the same year. Printed versions from the 18th century often give the tune as “Wright’s Rant.” In the 19th century the jig appears in several Scottish collections such as MacDonald’s Skye Collection, Stewart-Robertson’s Athole Collection and one of Nathaniel Gow’s volumes. It was included in a number of 20th century collections, and its modern popularity, especially with contra-dancers, is attested to by its inclusion in The Portland Collection and The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, standard contra-dance volumes.