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X:1 % T:Egham Races M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Dale’s Selection of the most favorite Country Dances, Reels &c. (London, B:c. 1800, p. 23) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d2 AF BGEG|FAB,E DCB,A,|d2 AF BGEG|FAB,C D2D2:| |:A,CEA cege|faBe dcBA|A,CEA cege|faBc d2 D2:| |:a2 af b2 ba|gfed {d}c2 BA|a2 af b2 ag|fdec d2D2:| |:AFAF BGBG|gfed {d}c2 BA|AFAF BGBG|geBc d2 D2:|]

EGHAM RACES. English, Country Dance Tune (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Egham is a town in Surry, England, near Runnymeade (where the Magna Carta was signed). The Wikipedia page for Egham gives:
William IV Arriving at Long Mede, Runnymede at the Point of the One Mile Winning Post, by John Spoade.

Egham at one time held horse races which took place at the Runnymede meadow, which interfered with the Inclosure Act of 1814 (54 G. III, c. 153) and the consequent award made in 1817, which divided up the meadow, as the Act stipulated that any enclosures which should interfere with the holding of Egham races at the end of August upon its usual course must be removed every year. In 1836 the races were presided over by William IV, who gave a plate to be run for at the meeting, which coincided with festivities at Windsor for his daughter's marriage. The races ceased in 1884.

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Printed sources : - Joseph Dale (Dale’s Selection of the most favorite Country Dances, Reels &c.), London, c. 1800; p. 23.

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