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LORD MOIRA('S WELCOME TO SCOTLAND). AKA and see "Bonnie Scotland (1)," "Bundoran Highland (The)," "Cluck Old Hen (3)," "Earl of Moira (The)," "Earl Moira's Strathspey (1)," "Earl of Moira's Welcome to Scotland (The)," "Knocktoran Fair," "Marquis of Hastings (The)," "Louden's/"Loudon's Bonnie Woods/Louden's Bonnie Woods and Braes." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey or Hornpipe. Canada, Cape Breton. G Major (Colclough, Kennedy, O'Farrell, Raven, White): F Major (Athole, Cole, Doyle, Howe, Hunter, Kerr, Lowe, Skye, Wilson). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Howe, Kerr): AB (White, Wilson): ABC (Cole): AABB (Plain Brown): AABB' (Raven, Kennedy): AABC (Hunter, Skye): ABCD (Lowe): AA'BCCD (Athole): AABBCC (O'Farrell): AABCDDE (Kerr, vol. 3). Ascribed to Duncan MacIntyre by MacDonald in the Skye Collection (1887), although his original title was "Earl of Moira's Welcome to Scotland (The)." MacIntyre (c. 1765–1807) was a Scottish dancing master, musician and composer. Lord Moira became the Marquis of Hastings in 1816, and Louden (see the alternate title) was his family seat. A note in Doyle's Plain Brown Tune Book (1997), based on the Ellis Knowles manuscripts, says the tune is a "Scottish tune popular in Lancashire." Attesting to its popularity, the tune can also be found in other 19th century English tune books as well. For example, it appears (in a truncated version) in the Joseph Kershaw manuscript from the North West of England. Kershaw was a fiddler who lived in Slackcote, Saddleworth, in the 19th century, and his manuscript dates from around 1820 onwards, and (as "Lord Moires Return to Kettam") in fiddler John Fife's copybook, compiled from 1780 to c. 1804 (Fife may have been from Perthshire and may also have been a seaman for a time).
See also notes for "Marquis of Hastings (The)," the Irish variants "Boys of Knock (The)", "Bundoran Highland (The)," "Highland a' Choille", "Knocktoran Fair" and "Little Ark," and Sussex, England, concertina player Scan Tester's (1886–1972) related "Indian Polka," as well as the derivative English country dance tune "Flintlock" and the American "Jenny Put the Kettle On (2)."