Tune of the Day: Miss Lyall
Popular both in Scotland and in Ireland, this strathspey started appearing in music collections in the early 19th century. One of its earliest appearances is in John Hall's A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs, dated circa 1818.
In County Donegal, Ireland, the tune is set as a highland and known as “The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig”. This title, referring to a cat that had a litter of kittens in someone's wig, appears to have been an anti-Jacobite reference.