Short Apron (1) (The)
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SHORT APRON , THE. AKA and see "Bonny Lass with the Short Apron," "Goat Pen (The)," "Goat's Song (The)," "Short Black Apron (The)." Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). F Major/D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Directions to one version of this tune (which begins in major mode and resolves to the relative minor) were written down in 1752 by John McGill, a dancing master in Girvan, for his students. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection; it also appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth, 1768. However the tune was earlier printed by John Walsh in his Caledonian Country Dances. Book the Third (London, c. 1740, p. 45) as "Bonny Lass with the Short Apron," by title it also appears in C. Corbett's The Merry Medley, or a Christmas Box (1749). Both "Short Black Apron (The)," "Goat Pen (The)" and O'Neill's "Goat's Song (The)" are cognate tunes. Northumbrian musician William Vickers included "Short Apron" in his large 1770 music collection, albeit with the parts in reverse order.