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MILLGOW'S REEL. American, Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Bayard's source (George Strosnider, 1928) stated that Maxwell McCaslin, the Greene County representative to the state legislature in Harrisburg, Pa. (and Speaker of the House in 1854), played the tune at the balls of that Pennsylvania city while he was there. Bayard thinks the tune to have a "decided eighteenth-century Scottish ring", and speculates that the title 'Millgow' may be a corruption of the name 'Niel Gow', the famous Scottish fiddler-composer.
Source for notated version: George Strosnider (Greene County, Pa., 1928) [Bayard].
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 2, p. 17.