Fourth Dragoon's Regimental March

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FOURTH DRAGOON'S REGIMENTAL MARCH. AKA - "The Fourth Dragoons' March." English, March (cut time). England, Shropshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The Fourth Dragoons (The Fourth {Queen's Own} Regiment of {Light} Dragoons) were one of the calvary units of the British Army that participated in the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. See Wikipedia article for more [1]. The title probably does not, as Gerry O'Connor (2018) asserts, refer to the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards.

The melody appears in two early 19th century music manuscripts from Shropshire, Robert Hughes (1823) and John Moore (c. 1835-40), and, as "Hull's Fourth Dragoon March," in the c. 1840's manuscript collection of Lawrence Leadley, a fiddler from Helperby, Yorkshire. A rather elaborate version of the march was entered by musician Lionel Winship of Moat Hill, Wark, Northumberland, in his copybook dated 1833.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman]; Rev. Luke Donnellan's c. 1909 music manuscript collection (Oriel region, south Ulster) [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 16, p. 3. Cameron's Selection, Glasgow, c. 1850's. Gerry O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 3, p. 129.






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