Jackson's Mistake

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JACKSON'S MISTAKE. AKA and see "Best in the Bag (The)," "Happy Mistake (The)," "Humors of Glenath," "Jackson's Bottle of Claret," "Jackson's Dairymaid," "King's Jig (2)," "Munster Jig (The)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in John Murphy's only collection of tunes, entitled A Collection of Irish Airs and Jiggs with Variations by John Murphy, performer on the Union Pipes at Eglinton Castle, issued in Edinburgh by the music publishing company of Gow & Shepherd. Murphy was a piper, as Francis O'Neill states, "whose talents secured him the enviable position of family piper to the Earl of Eglinton, at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland"[1].

"Jackson's Mistake" is nearly identical to "Jackson's Bottle of Claret," printed in Dublin in the 1790's by both Hime and Cooke. It is also similar to "King's Jig (The)," "King of Jigs," "King of the Jigs."


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  1. Francis O'Neill, Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913, p. 203.