That’s going to be steaming away in the swamp of my brain now. I know this one as an old Scottish number, and not by the name of "Maggie". It’s somewhere in several collections ~ Athole, Kerr… 😏 Will the answer surface in the near future? If not in my swamp, maybe someone else’s?
I suspect that "Maggie" came to it in lyrics to the melody, as, my half baked brain tries to call up more song words to this onnnnne… 😲
The almost identical dots, but with strathspey-type "snaps" in some bars instead of regular dotting - as suggested by Ceolachan - are in Peter Kennedy’s 2nd Fiddler’s Tune Book (for those who are content to play 2nd fiddle?) page 18, sandwiched between Some Say the Devil’s Dead (the Scottish one, not the "Some say the devil’s dead and buried in Fowey harbour" one) and Lord Moira.
As with all Kennedy’s collections there are no notes about the sources so don’t know if it’s a version he collected himself in the 50s or lifted from a previously published collection.
An historical aside - my copy, which I bought round about 1968 has the price printed on the front: "3s 6d net", over-stamped "Revised price 5/-"
Sounds and feels good as a brisk Polka also but would agree with ‘c’s strathspey-type "snaps".
Peter Kennedy & Folktrax
Thanks Colin. There was work to try to get Peter to allow others to pull his notes and sources together, somewhere, such as online, so that they could be connected to his collections as well as the recordings he’d made. Close friends and distant associations like me were trying our best, but Peter was not well and is no longer with us. I’m not sure where that hope is now, but I understand his collection was willed to a local university and is accessible to the public.