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MARGARET MACDONALD (Mairearad nighean Dòmhnuill). AKA and see "Margaret MacDonald". Scottish, Strathspey or Slow Air (4/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Of Margaret MacDonald, a name so common in the Highlands, the editor is unable to give any account. This note may, however, extort the event which gave rise to it, from some one competent to favour the public with the origin of so interesting an air, which he might have acquired, had he anticipated that the risk would have devolved upon him" (Fraser).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 114, p. 45. Laybourn (Köhlers' Violin Repository Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 167.