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Regimental Marches and Music
Quick March - ‘Corn Rigs are Bonnie’
This traditional North Country or Scottish air, composed circa 1680, was first used by the 2nd Battalion circa 1872 and officially adopted as the Regimental Quick March in 1881. The title and words were written by Robert Burns in about 1782.
Prior to this the Regiment, like many others, marched past to ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’. ‘Corn Riggs’ is now incorporated in the Regimental Quick March of The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.
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Slow March - ‘And Shall Trelawny Die?’
It is not recorded when the Regiment adopted this march. Two members of the Trelawny family from the West County, Charles and Henry, commanded and were successive Colonels of the Regiment from 1682 to 1702. Their brother Jonathan Trelawny was one of seven bishops imprisoned in the Tower by King James II for petitioning against the Declaration of Indulgence. This caused such ill-feeling in the West Country that a song ‘Shall Trelawny Die’ was written. ‘Trelawny’ was adopted as the Slow March of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment in 1959.
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Quick Step, 4th Regiment
Two bars of this march were discovered in a series of music books published circa 1800 by James Aird of Glasgow. Nothing more is known about it.
‘Glorious First of August’ (Glopriaug)
This was a ceremonial tune associated with a song celebrating the accession of George I on 1st August 1714. The song and tune were adopted by the Loyal and Friendly Society of the Blew and Orange, a society formed by Officers of the Regiment, circa 1733 as a mark of loyalty to the House of Hanover and in memory of William III.
‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’
This was incorporated into the music of the Regiment in commemoration of its service as Marines from 1703 to 1710.
A Quick March composed by Bandmaster Thomas Chandler of the 2nd Battalion, 1918-35.
Sheet Music ‘The King’s Own Song’ Words by Herbert K Crofts, Music by Theo Bonheur. KO2546/15
First World War Band Music
From a collection of invoices relating to the 1st/4th Battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in 1918 and 1919 we can list some of the music which the Band Sergeant ordered from Hawkes & Sons in London and thus what the soldiers in France and Flanders would have enjoyed.
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