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LORD DUNMORE. AKA - "Lord Dunmore's Jig." AKA and see "Big Headed Man (The)" (Fear a' Chinn Mhòir)," "Bride's Jig (The)," "Brisk Irish Lad," "Bung Your Eye," "Brisk Young Lad's (The)," "Fear an Dùin-Mhòr" (He of the Big Fort), "Jolly Old Man (The)," "Man with the Big Head (The)," "Mary the Maid," "There Came a Braw Lad to My Daddy's Door," "There cam' a young man to my daddy's door," "There was a Young Man," "Traverse the Rough Hills," "Traveling the Rugged Country" (Shiulbhail na Garbhlich). Scottish, Pipe Jig. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in Angus MacKay's Piper's Assistant (pre-1847) and in Glasgow piper, pipe teacher and pipe-maker William Gunn's Caledonian Repository of Highland Music Adapted for the Bagpipes (1848) under the title "Fear an Dùn-mhor/Lord Dunmore’s Jig." Variants of the melody are popular in Ireland as well - see titles under "Jolly Old Man (The)," "Brisk Young Lad's (The)," etc.

Source for notated version: Dr. John Turner, director of the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, held yearly in Valle Crucis, North Carolina [Johnson/2003].

Printed sources: Gunn (Caledonian Repository of Highland Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), 1848; p. 7. Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 3. Turner (Fiddletree Manuscript), 1978.

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