Glasgow Lasses (1) (The)
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GLASGOW LASSES , THE. Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Surenne): AAB (Davie): AABB' (Athole). "Old" (Gow). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of this tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (p. 49. EASMES gives 1775 as the date for the collection). However, the reel that is printed by Stewart, Gow, Surenne, etc. is a development of a country dance melody also called "Glasgow Lasses" (for which see "[Glasgow Lasses (2)]]"). In its country dance form it was published in London by John Walsh in his Caledonian Country Dances, vol. II (c. 1737, No. 333, as "Glascow Lasses"), and in publisher John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1750, p. 89). It also appears in Longman and Broderip's Compleat Collection of 200 Favorite Country Dances (London, 1781, 102). Country dance directions to "Glasgow Lasses" were given in an 1807 Boston publication called "A Treatise on Dancing" published under the pseudonym 'Saltator'.
Glasgow is Gaelic for 'green hollow.'
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 422. Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 28. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 28. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 219. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 113.