Who Will Dandle My Mary?

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WHO WILL DANDLE MY MARY? (Co a ni mire ri Mairi). Scottish, Slow Air (9/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This tune "is a tender lullaby or baby-song, to which Mrs. Fraser of Bruiach, formerly mentioned, composed admirable verses, while dandling her daughter, the present Mrs. Nicholson of Inverness. There are, however, other words more ancient. The mention of its being a 'baby-song' will lead the poet into the train of ideas suited to it" (Fraser).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 175, p. 71.

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