Female Fox Hunter (1) (The)
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FEMALE FOX HUNTER , THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.
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.