This music is a
scan of a page from O'Neill's
Music of Ireland.
Better known as Maggie Brown's Jig in Cape Breton
it is a popular square dance tune with the common source
ONeill book has this tune in the Carolan section it
seems likely that the ONeill's copied it from
Ryans Mammoth Collection ... and Ryan's changed the
title given by Nathaniel Gow. Gow claimed to have
composed the tune. He called it Miss Margret Brown's
Favourite. It first appeared in 1792 in Gow's 3rd.
The ONeill's were
know to take tunes that they assumed to be Irish and then
alter titles to suit their tradition.