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LADY MARY MONTAGUE. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was composed by James MacDonald, and appears in the John Bowie collection of 1789. MacDonald as one of the professional fiddlers who contributed to the Gow collections, and made his living by playing and composing. One Lady Montagu (undoubtedly not the one for whom this tune was composed, but perhaps illustrative of a family dancing tradition) wrote from Vienna in 1717: "The ball always concludes with English Country Dances to the number of thirty or forty couples, and [they are] so ill danced that there is very little pleasure in them" (Emmerson, 1972).

See also the Irish variants of MacDonald's tune, under the names "Carrowcastle Lass," "Joe O'Dowd's Reel," "Lass of Carrowcastle (1) (The)," "Morrison's Reel (3)," and "Miss Langford."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Aird's 6th and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), c. 1803; p. 9. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. 1, 1891; p. 29.

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