Bonniest Wife this side of Lord Reay's Country (The)
BONNIEST WIFE THIS SIDE OF LORD REAY'S COUNTRY, THE. AKA and see "'S ann agam tha bheanag is Maisiche Sùil." Scottish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "No. 177 is of the opposite description, and with which one associates the greatest degree of cheerfulness and contentment. It is evidently one of the sacred compilation of the editor's progenitor, and very probably his composition, at least it alludes to the composer (whoever he was) having frequently visited Lord Reay's country, which he had so often occasion to do, from his business concern and alliance with the family of Mr. Mackay of Bighouse, and celebrates the beauty and amiable qualities of his wife, beyond any he had seen on this side of Lord Reay's country; yet that may mean 'the land's end' and have no allusion to him. Certain it is, however, that the melody proceeded from him and must have died unless now brought forward by the editor, to meet an admiration it must have always commanded if known" (Fraser).
Printed Source: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 177, p. 72.
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