Annotation:Mrs. J.W. Bourke

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MRS. J. W. BOURKE. AKA - "Mrs. Bourke." AKA and see "Lady Augusta Murray," "Mrs. Menzies of Culdare's (2)," "Push about the Jorum (1)," "Strawberry Beds (2) (The)." Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The title possibly refers to a Miss Kerr of Upper Berkeley Street, Portman Square, London, who, in 1800, married Rev. J.W. Bourke, later Vicar of St. Martins, Shropshire. They had one child, a boy, who went sailing on a river while at college and drowned when his boat capsized. However, the melody itself first appears in Perthshire fiddle-composer Daniel Dow's c. 1775 collection as "Lady Augusta Murray." Robert Petrie printed a version as "Mrs. Menzies of Culdare's (2)" around 1805. The Rev. Luke Donnellan's Connaght reel "Strawberry Beds (2) (The)" is a more distanced version of Dow's tune.

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Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 302. Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 30. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 236.

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