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MISS VEARIE HAY. AKA - "Miss Vere Hay," "Miss Vearie Hays Reel." Scottish, Reel (cut time). B Flat Major (Dow, Lowe, Stewart-Robertson): A Major (John Gow). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Daniel Dow and first appearing in print in his c. 1775 collections (p. 8 and in Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels. p. 28). Dow was an Edinburgh composer and music teacher who lived from 1732 to 1783, perhaps most famous for his tune “Money Musk.” Dow’s collection of Scots tunes was called Thirty-seven new reels and strathspeys (1775) and appears to be the first collection to include the word "strathspey" in its title. His family is known to have stayed in Strathardle and his son (John Dow) was born at Kirkmichael. Dow, whose first name has been given as Daniel or Donald (both acceptable translations for the Gaelic ‘Domhnull’), was buried in the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh on January 20th, 1783.

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Daniel Dow (Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances), c. 1775; p. 28. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 32. Edmund Lee (Mrs. Parker's Selection of Scotch Tunes, Strathspeys and Reels), Dublin, n.d.; p. 9 (early 19th century). Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 1), 1844–1845; p. 22. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 192. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; p. 27. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 281.

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