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KITTY SCOTT. Irish, Air. This air was composed by Dublin dentist and collector Henry Hudson (1798-1889), who sometimes presented his work in an ambiguous or suggestive context, placing it among traditional compositions. In the case of "Kitty Scott" he attributes it to the early 17th century work of Harry (the) Scott, a Scottish harper living in Ireland, whose two brothers, John and Rory, were also celebrated harpers (see John Scott's "Scott's Lamentation for the Baron of Loughmoe).

Scottish and Irish harpers were known to visit each others' counties with some regularity in search of patronage. See note for "Rory Dall's Port (1)" for a instance of an Irish (Ulster) harper who lived and composed mostly in Scotland.


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