excerpt from 'My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories' pp. 39–40 (193 words)

excerpt from 'My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories' pp. 39–40 (193 words)

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My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories

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Mr. Ashworth, the elder, was […] one of the four men who founded a Baptist Church at Deerplay, about 1840, and which later was removed a mile down the road to Weir. Robert Ashworth also acted as supply to Waterbarn Baptist Church, when that place was in its infancy. After doing duty in the pulpit he used to go down into the singing pew to accompany the singing with his “Cello.” On one occasion he struck up a hornpipe, at the sound of which a member came in, and said, “Hush, Robert, does ta know thea'rt playing a “Idle tune.” Robert replied, There were no “idle” tunes, it were all in the rendering, and he did not think it fair for the devil to have all the best tunes. I went with a friend one Sunday morning to see Robert Ashworth at Carr. Whilst we were chatting he brought out his “Cello” and played us two solos, with variations, viz, “Huntsman's Chorus” and “Mac Gregor's Farewell.” He was the composer of 20 overtures, about 50 psalm tunes, and a good many hornpipes, quadrilles and waltzes. He died on January 26, 1881, after a long and useful life. Aged 83 years.

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