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LOTHIAN LASSES. Scottish, Reel. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Ross): AA'B (MacDonald). Another ode to some composer's local womenfolk, like "Ayrshire Lasses," "Lasses of Irvine," "Lasses of Duns," "Clydeside Lasses," etc. Lothian is a district in Scotland. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Ross's 1780 collection (p. 17). There is some resemblance to Lady Elphinestone's "Major McLean," and to "Lady Loughborough's Reel."
Source for notated version: Ross's Collection [Skye].
Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 101. Robert Ross (Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys), Edinburgh, 1780; p. 17.