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NELSON'S VICTORY (Tuiream Mic Miall). AKA and see "Circus (1) (The)." English (?), Irish (?), American; Hornpipe or Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title probably refers to the Battle of Trafalger, or Nelson's flagship at the time of the conflict, HMS Victory. There were country dances and other country dance melodies entitled "Nelson's Victory." Francis O'Neill likely 'borrowed' the tune from Ryan's Mammoth Collection, as he did others that he thought were Irish in character, as it has no discernible connection with Irish music prior to his Music of Ireland (1903).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 105. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 114. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 200. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1712, p. 318. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883. White's Unique Collection, 1896; No. 131, p. 23.