Lovely Lass of Inverness

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LOVELY LASS OF INVERNESS. Scottish, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody appears in James Oswald's Curious Collection of Scots Tunes (1740), and later in his Caledonian Pocket Companion (1760). "The Lovely Lass of Inverness" is also a song in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1797), where Oswald's air is set to words by poet Robert Burns. Burns' lyric begins:

The lovely lass o' Inverness
Nae joy nor pleasure can she see;
For e'en and morn she cries Alas!
And ay the saut tear blins her e'e.
Drumossie moor, Drumossie day,
.... [Drumossie Moor was the location of the Battle of Culloden (1746)] A waefu' day it was to me;
For there I lost my father dear,
My father dear and brethren three.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 23. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, book five), 1797; No. 401, p. 414. Oswald (Curious Collection of Scots Tunes), 1740. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, book one), 1760; p. 9.

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