Annotation:Mellish Hors

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MELLISH HORS (Horse). Scottish. The air appears in the Panmure MS. #9454 Seventy Seven Dances, Songs and Scots Airs for Violin, c. 1675. Williamson speculates on the meaning of the title and says that the name Mellis was not uncommon in Scotland and derives from the old French work for 'honey'. Also, the verb to mell can have the meaning of joining in battle--thus he tentatively suggests "spirited horses" as a possible meaning.

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Recorded sources: Flying Fish, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 2."

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