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MISS FORBES’ RETURN. Irish, March (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. O’Neill (1922) notes: "’Miss Forbes' Return’ as noted by Humphrey Murphy in Sergt. James O'Neill's manuscripts differs not materially from "Miss Forbes' Farewell" as printed in Aird's Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs 1782-97. This strain is no less popular in Ireland than it is with Highland pipers everywhere. It may be claimed that Murphy's variant is more Irish in character than the original.”

Source for notated version: Chicago police Sergeant James O’Neill, originally from County Down, scribe and contributor to the O’Neill publications [O’Neill].

Printed sources: O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 73.

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