Mary Queen of Scots (1)
X:1 T:Mary Queen of Scots  M:C| L:1/8 N:A version of "Roaring Mary," notes Conor Ward. S:O'Farrell-Reynolds collection of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford Z:Transcribed by Conor Ward K:D D3F AFAB|defa g2 fe|dB B2 FAfa|gfed (3Bcd AF| D3F AFAB|defa g2 fe|dB B2 FAfa|gfef d2d2|| a3f g2 fe|defd B2A2|df f2 geeg|fdec dcBA| d2 FG AFAB|defa g2 fe|dB B2 FAfa|gfef d2d2||
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS . AKA and see "Foxie Mary," "Foxy Mary (3)" "Scotch Molly." Irish, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB, AABB. Researcher Conor Ward finds this tune under the "Mary Queen of Scots" title contained in the O'Farrell-Reynolds collection of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford. It is a cognate of the popular reel "Roaring Mary." Ward also finds a version called "Scotch Molly" in the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of fiddler Stephen Grier, of Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim. The title suggest to him that the tune is of Scottish origin, and he concludes: "These two local [Leinster] versions are different to others that have been published. For instance, the normal motif at the start of the second part that goes from a high 'a' to high 'f' to a 'd' in thirds, i.e. a-f-d is replaced in the local versions by a-g-d. It's a subtle difference, but changes the tune structure." Grier has an unrelated hornpipe in his collection, called "Mary Queen of Scots (2)."