Sailor Lassie (The)
X:1 % T:Sailor Lassie, The M:9/8 L:1/8 B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign B:Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 517, p. 198) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” N:Aird printed the tune again in his fourth volume as N:" Miss Margaret MacGregor’s Favourite" Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|(F/G/A).F d>ed Tc2A|(B/c/d).B AFD E2G|F/G/AF d>ed Tc2A| (B/c/d).B AFD D2:|f|d2d (f/g/a).f afd|(f/g/a).a bge e2f| d2d (f/g/a/)f afd|(f/g/a)f afd d2f|d2d (f/g/a).f afd| (f/g/a).f bge e2f|dAd fed cBA|(B/c/d).B AFD D2|]
SAILOR LASSIE, THE. AKA and see "Dollie's/Dolly's the Girl for Me," Miss Margaret MacGregor’s Favourite,” "Polly the Lass," "Sailor's Delight (4)," “Tadg O Flaherty.” Scottish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1768 2nd collection (p. 107). It is closely followed by its inclusion in Northumbrian musician William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection under the title "Polly the Lass," and Straight & Skiller's c. 1775 collection as "Sailor's Delight (4)." James Aird printed another version of the tune in his fourth collection under the title "Miss Margaret MacGregor’s Favourite," and yet another as "Dolly's the Girl for Me," for a total of three different appearances (including "Sailor Lassie") under three titles in his Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs series of volumes. It was entered into the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of Canon James Goodman (County Cork) as "Tadg O Flaherty."
The Irish double jig "Shandon Bells" echoes the same melodic and harmonic material, but is not cognate.