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X:1 T:Mrs. Chree C:J. Scott Skinner M:C L:1/16 R:Highland Schottische or Strathspey B:Skinner – Miller o’ Hirn Collection (1881, No. 97, p. 50) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C2|F3EF3G (Ac3)c3d|{d}cA3 {A}G3F DG3G3A|F2EF3G (Ac3)c3f|cA3 {A}G3F [A,4F4]-[A,2F2]:| c2|f3a (3g2f2e2 (df3)(cf3)|Bf3Af3 gG3G3e|f3a (3g2f2e2 df3 cf3|(3e2b2a2 (3g2f2e2 [A4f4]- [A3f3]c| f3a (3g2f2e2 d[f3b3]c[f3a3]|B[f3g3]Af3 gG3G3B|A3c (3d2c2B2 Ac3df3|cA3 {A}G3F [A,4F4]=[A,2F2]||



MRS. CHREE. AKA - "Mrs. Cree." Scottish, Highland Schottische or Strathspey (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mrs. Chree" was composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer and Scottish dancing master James Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Skinner noted that Mrs. Chree resided at the schoolhouse, Keig in Aberdeenshire. She presumably was a schoolmaster's wife. In the 1870's the schoolmaster at Kreig, Aberdeenshire, was George Chree (1833-1910), who had married Helen Johnstone ("Mrs. Chree") in 1862. They were not the only Chree inhabitants of the dwelling, for their children William, Rev. George Johnstone Chree, James, Helen Elizabeth, Charles, and John Strachan Chree also lived there. In addition to being the schoolmaster, George was the Registrar of Births.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hector MacAndrew [Martin].

Printed sources : - Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 72. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 132 (appears as "Mrs. Cree"). Skinner (Miller o' Hirn Collection), 1881; No. 97, p. 50.






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