This tune is actually an air rather than a jig, but the time signature was right. I first heard it on Connemara’s Sirensong, then got sheet music for it from a friend several years later. The version I have sheet music for was arranged by Barry Phillips.
This tune is included in Captain Simon Fraser’s collection, first published in 1815. That setting is quite close to the Ossian version, although some of the accidentals are better ignored in my view. The appendix states that the editor considers boat-songs of this type to be the most interesting and expressive of airs from the Highlands and that such tunes are composed in a regular measure to keep time withn the rowers.
Incidentally Islay to Uist seems like a hell of a distance to row, and the seas none too calm !
@youphoria, do you think you could send me the sheet music if possible? I’d appreciate it, thanks