Merry May the Pair Be
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MERRY MAY THE PAIR BE (Gu ma mear a charaid). Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. "These two (with "Huntly's Wedding Medley") form a medley, in high request, from the occasion which gave rise to them. It may readily be remembered that it was not only where Huntly's wedding took place it fell to be celebrated,--many gentlemen interested in the prosperity of his framily, assembled their friends, and celebrated this wedding ideally at their own homes,--others entertained their tenantry round a bonfire, with Highland cheer, and dancing to the bag-pipe,--Lovat, in particular, had bonfires on all his hills. Indeed, where all were so anxious to testify their respectful attachment to this amiable noblemen, it is impossible to discriminate. Let the editor's mite be permitted to commemorate it" (Fraser).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 100, p. 38. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 102, p. 13. Laybourn (Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 3), 1885; p. 205. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 26.