Weapon Shaw (The)
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WEAPON SHAW, THE. Scottish, Reel. D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A weapon-shaw (also wap(p)ens(c)haw, wap(p)inschaw, waipon-shaw, etc. is Scots for a ‘weapon show’, or a martial display of weaponry, a periodical muster or review of the men under arms in a particular lordship or district. The Scots song “Up and Waur Them A' Willie (1)” begins with this line:
When we went to the field of war and tae the weapon shaw,
Wi' true design to tae serve our king and chase our faes awa'
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 511. Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 9. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 32.