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Old 01-13-2020, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Did "Scotland the Brave" originate with "O'Donnell Abu"?

I have seen a score of "Scotland the Brave" (I think it was in one of the old books reproduced on the Ceol Sean website) that bears a note equating the tune with the Irish martial staple "O'Donnell Abu". There is indeed a similarity:

Is it likely that the Highland bagpipe signature song actually has this Irish origin? I wonder who would have thought to re-write the tune in this way. I suspect that "Scotland the Brave" was formed by taking "O'Donnell Abu" and grafting parts of "Wha Sae the 42nd"/"Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie" onto it.
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