Shoemaker's Daughter (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Shoemaker's Daughter [1] T:Sutor's Dochter/Daughter, The T:Wilt thou be my dearie M:C L:1/8 R:Air B: Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C C<G, A,>G, C2 G,z/G,/|C>D (F/E/) (D/C/) E D (D/F/) (E/D/)|C>G, A,>G, C2 G,2| C>D E E E E E2|D>C D (E/G/)| A2 A (B/c/)|G>A (A/G/ ) (F/E/) A D D (E/>D/)| C>G, A,>G, C2C2|A>G G (E/C/) E>D (D/F/) (E/D/)|C>G, A,>G, C2C2|z8||



SHOEMAKER'S DAUGHTER [1], THE. AKA and see "Duchess of Buccleugh (3)," "Suttor's Daughter (The)," "Wilt Thou be My Dearie." Scottish, Air (whole time). The melody was employed by Robert Burns for his song "Wilt thou be My Dearie." Burns wrote to his friend Alexander Cunningham in March, 1794, remarking: "...do you know the much admired old Highland air called 'The Sutor's dochter'? It is a first-rate favorite of mine, & I have written what I reckon one of my best songs to it." John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection Reels (p. 72). Burns's song was published with the tune in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. V (1796). In McGlashan's 'Strathspey Reels (1780) it can be found as "Suttor's Daughter (The)" and in Angus Cumming's Strathspeys (1780) as the "Duchess of Buccleugh's Reell" ("Duchess of Buccleugh (3)").

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