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PORT LENNOX. AKA - "Duke of Lennox Port (The)." Scottish/Irish, Air (whole time). C Major. AABB. A harp air composed for a patron by early 17th century Ulster-born (Francis O’Neill says he was born c. 1646) harper Rory Dall O'Cahan, whose travels brought him into Scotland for extended periods, where he played for the great families of that country. Sanger & Kinnaird (Tree of Strings, 1992) say the tune was almost certainly dedicated to Esme Stuart, created first Duke of Lonnox in 1581. His daughter Harriet, note the authors, married George Gordon, sixth Earl and first Marquess of Huntly, who is likely the subject of one of the "Port Gordon" tunes. "Duke of Lennox Port" also appears in the title list of the lost Blaikie Manuscript of 1692.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Aird (Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 149, p. 60. Dow (Collection of Ancient Scots Music), 1776; p. 10
Recorded sources: Greentrax Recordings, Ossian - "The Carrying Stream" (2007). Queltic Records, Nancy Bick Clark & Sara Johnson - "Crossing to Ireland" (1995).