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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