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GUEST,Murray on Saltspring mrs.mac leod of rathspey (5) RE: mrs.mac leod of rathspey 28 Feb 00

The original (and to me correct) title is "Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay, often found as "Mrs. McLeod" and (usually Irish, but the general way in America) "Miss McLeod"--in O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903), 263 (#1418; in the truncated Klassen edition, p. 134), it's "Miss Mcleod's Reel, with the two strains in reverse order. [They should go d d' lsld' m mr m etc. followed by drmf s mr m mr m etc.] Attributed by some to Sir Alex. Macdonald. In Niel Gow's Fifth Collection, 1809, "communicated" to Nathaniel Gow by Mr MacLeod of Raasay as "an original Isle of Skye Reel". Well-known as a puirt-a-beul (mouth music) tune, i.e. with nonsensical Gaelic words. (It's been attrib. to MacLeod of Raasay himself, BTW. Raasay is a wee island between Skye and the Scottish mainland.

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