> do not think the English cittern derives from the Italian at all, I am
> sure it derives from the German and its popularity had much to do with
> the arrival of a Hanoverian monarchy.
> 
> Always wondered whether the Bremner name - Robert Bremner - is an
> indicator of a 2nd generation Scots German. It is 'Bremener' I guess,
> and there must have been substantial trade between Bremen and the Scots
> East Coast ports.

yes, there was, indeed.

Best wishes,

Mathias (Bremen, North Germany)
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