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BARSKEMMING BRIDGE. Scottish, Reel (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by fiddler-composer John French (1752-1803). It appears in his A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. (c. 1801), dedicated to Mrs. Boswell of Auchinleck, and published by Gow & Shepherd, “for behoof of Mr. French’s widow and children.” The phrase may indicate that French was incapacitated, or perhaps dead, in which case either the dates of publication of the dates of his death are faulty.
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Printed sources: French (Collection of New Strathspeys, Reels, etc.), 1801.