Cat in the Pattens (The)

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X:1 T:Cat in the Pattens, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Longman & Co. - Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1770 (p. 25) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb FBB Fcc|Fdd Eee|dfe dcB|AcB AGF| FBB Fcc|Fdd Fee|dfB cBA|BFD B,3:| |:dff Bff|egg Bgg|dff Bff|AcB AGF| dff Bff|egg Bgg|dfB cBA|BFD B,3:|]

CAT IN THE PATTENS, THE. English, Country Dance Tune & Jig (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Pattens were a type of footwear meant to slip onto one's shoes to raise them above the ground.

A woman wearing pattens in the snow. Image @ City of London
They were a way to spare leather shoes from the damages of mud and weather in the 18th and early 19th century, or were worn by working men and women involved in trades that might damage footwear.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Longman & Co. (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1770), 1770; p. 26. Longman, Lukey & Broderip (Bride's Favourite Collection of 200 Select Country Dances, Cotillons), 1770; p. 26.

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