Maid of the Mill

This dance is interesting as it is unique in being a linked handkerchief dance. The dancers were joined together by knotted handkerchiefs.
The tune is by William Shield (1748 - 1829) and is from his ballad opera 'Rosina' first performed at Covent Garden in 1783.It was the hit tune of the show, and when it was re-staged in 1785, it was renamed 'The Maid of the Mill'. Within two years, the tune was widely known in America.
'We saw three ships' is used as a Christmas tune.

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