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FEMALE FOX HUNTER [1], THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.

1778 print.

Addison, writing in The Tatler (No. 153) was no friend of fox hunting and thought the sport beneath gentlemen and associates it with Jacobism. Women fox-hunters come in for particular scorn:

On the other hand I have very frequently the opportunity of seeing a rural Andromache, who came up to town last winter, and is one of the greatest fox-hunters in the country. She talks of hounds and horses, and makes nothing of leaping over a six-bar gate. If a man tells her a waggish story, she gives him a push with her hand in jest, and calls him an impudent dog; and if her servant neglects his business, threatens to kick him out of the house. I have heard her, in her wrath, call a substantial tradesman a lousy cur.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4), 1780; No. 167.

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