X:1 T:Shammie Breeches M:C L:1/8 S:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II (1785) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c | Bddg e(cc)d | B(GG)B A(FF)A | Bddg eccd | BGAF G/G/G G :| |: d | BGdG BGdG | AFcF AFcF | BGdG B/A/B/c/ dg | AFcF G/G/G G :|]
SHAMMIE BREECHES. AKA – “Shamboe Breeches/Breeks.” AKA and see "Bernard's Well" or "St. Bernard's Well." Scottish, English, Reel (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. ‘Shammie breeches’ = a pair of soft pants made from chamois cloth. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (p. 35). Kidson (1890) names this as one of the "Keel Row (The)" family of tunes.
- Stewart's volume is dated 1775 at Early American Secular Music and its European Sources site.