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LADY MAISTERTON. AKA and see "Wood Hill (The)" (Cnoc na Coille). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. O'Sullivan (1983) can find no record of a family named Maisterton (which is a Scottish name), though there is "Woodhill or Knocknakillew" in County Sligo. "The Wood Hill" is the title used in Bunting's 1840 collection, with "Lady Maisterton" given as an alternate. However, two of Bunting's manuscript copies give the title as "Lady Maisterton" with no alternate title.

Source for notated version: Bunting states "Lady Maisterton very ancient. From Martin a harpress in County Cavan," and the index to his 1840 edition says the tune was noted from "C. Martin, harper at Virginia, 1800."

Printed sources: Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; p. 8. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 252, p. 123. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 9, p. 14.

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