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DONAGHADEE HUNT. Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by editor and musician John Macpherson Mulhollan, who published it in his 1804 collection (Edinburgh). The Donaghadee Hunt was presumably a sporting organization in County Down, Ireland, although the title may have another meaning. The seacoast town of Donaghadee was used in the latter half of the 18th century and first decades of the 19th century as the embarkation place for couples traveling to Portpatrick, Wigtown, Scotland to marry, as there was a daily packet boat. During this period, Portpatrick was known as the "Gretna Green for Ireland".
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Printed sources: Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 50.