Lady Nelly Wemyss jig

Also known as Lady Nellie Wemyss, Lady Nelly Wemyss’.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Lady Nelly Wemyss has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Lady Nelly Wemyss
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B|:c2 e ega|cAc e2d|cde ef=g|B=GB d2B|
c2e efg|agf edc|dfd cac|B=GB d2B:|
|:acA ecA|acA efg|acA ecA|B=GB d2B|
acA ecA|agf edc|dfd cac|B=GB d2B:|

Six comments

There’ve been two jigs in A posted recently, so how about another? It’s a key that is too often neglected.

This tune sounds typically Scottish and is still played in Newfoundland, maybe still knocking around Scotland but it isn’t featured on many recordings. I don’t know much else about it, except that this is how it appears in the Atholl Collection by James Stewart Robertson and I play it straight forward like it is. I’ve not included JSR’s suggested ornaments on account of honest to goodness laziness.

Mixolydian much? :/

I’d say this was in Mix

Posted .

You’re right. I just wanted to make sure the sheet music would come out correctly.

It’s either Amix with a few G#s or A major with a few G naturals. It doesn’t matter which you call it, so long as the notes are right.


This is exactly as it appears in the Skye Collection where it shows three sharps but has all the same naturals as in this version. I would say it would make more sense notated in A mix with the odd sharp as they have a lot less influence on this tune than the G naturals.

Jimmy Shand and his Scottish band play this in a set after "Muckin’ of Gordie’s Byre" and before Braidlye’s House.