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Barr, James

Born: 1779 AD
Died: 1860 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Songwriter


1779 - Born in Tarbolton in South Ayrshire.

1895 - "Waltzing Matilda" was created in the sitting room of Dagworth Station in January with the help of a young solicitor and poet, "Banjo" Paterson.

1805 - Tannahill wrote the words.

1818 - Barr set them to music, possibly based on the melody of "Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself.

1832 - Barr emigrated for Canada.

1855 - He worked as a farmer.

1860 - He died in Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, Scotland.


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