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GUEST,Lighter Origin: Scotland the Brave (61* d) RE: Origin: Scotland the Brave 03 Sep 15

The title in question was "The Irishman's Toast."

However, the popular melody of "O'Donnell Abu" bears a genuine resemblance and is clearly part of this tangled story.

The Ballad Index observes that McCann's "O'Donnell Abu" first appeared in "The Spirit of the Nation" (Jan. 28, 1843), directed to be sung, like Hyslop's poem of 22 years earlier, to the tune of "Roderick Vick Alpine Dhu."

However, "it became famous with another tune composed by Joseph Haliday."

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