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BOB SHEAR HARVEST. AKA – "Bob Sheer Harvest." AKA and see "Rob Shear'd in Her'st." English, Scottish; Air and Old/Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). England, Northumberland. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Vickers): AABBCCDDEEFFGG (Oswald). A once-popular triple hornpipe. The title is a variation of "Rob Shear'd in Her'st," a song in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (vol. 6, 1803, No. 543) that poet Robert Burns composed entirely from an old song title (it is set to a different tune in the SMM). "Rob Shore in Harvest" appears in David Young's Duke of Perth/Drummond Castle Manuscript collection (1734), followed by Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, 2nd edition (London, 1735, reprinted in the 3rd edition, 1749), Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (London, 1760), and David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1760). The tune is called for in a Scottish ballad opera entitled The Dissapointed Gallant (Edinburgh, 1738).

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Printed sources: Mooney (A Collection of the Choicest Scots Tunes for the Lowland or Border Bagpipes, vol. 1), 1982; p. 2. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book V), 1760; p. 11. Seattle/Vickers (Great Northern Tune Book, part 2), 1987; No. 323.

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