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DAWTED MARY (Maìri bheadarach). Scottish, Reel. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCDD. This tune "is one of the pipe reels, sung with a humour not to be described, by the gentlemen mentioned in the prospectus. The subject of the song is a beautiful girl, of the name of Mary, in a remote country parish. It was well known that the sheriff of the county, who held that office heritably in those days, and all the young men of property, admired her; but it was scarcely possible to suppose, till discovered, that the parson of the parish, 'with the book under his arm', was also among the number, and likely to be the successful candidate" (Fraser).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 111, p. 43. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 132.