Bold Nelson's Praise

This solo jig is found all over the Cotswolds. The version danced by England's Glory is in the form of a competition between two dancers, and obviously echoes the kind of shipboard dancing that was supposedly common during the Napoleonic wars. (although this may be a Victorian invention!) The tune used, Princess Royal, is named after Mary MacDermott, Princess of Coolavin, of an ancient Irish royal family, and is by O'Carolan. It is also used in the song, 'The Saucy Arethusa' (1778) by William Shield. (Keith Chandler, letter to the author).






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