X:1 T:Hobb's Wedding. A Kissing Dance in the Country Wake M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 614) B: http://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c7/IMSLP601433-PMLP562790-ONeill_Rare_Medium_M40_M8_v6.7_text.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C G2|c2g e>dc|a>ge e>ag|^f>ed g>af|(g3 g2):| d|B2c BdG|g2e c2e|f>ga (ge)c|(d3 d2)g| a2g a2g|a2g a2g|e>dc dB2|(c3 c2)||
The Country Wake(1696) was a comedy whose main character, Hob, was played by actor and playwright Thomas Doggett, who also wrote the play. It wasstaged at London's Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre and later revived by Cibber in 1711. Dogget bequeathed an annual coat and badge to the watermen of the Thames. Irish-born John Leigh wrote a farce that was the sequel to Doggett's work, called Hobb's Wedding (1721), also staged at Lincoln-Inn-Fields Theatre. Dogget, who was born in Ireland as well, died the same year. Leigh's play was not a success.
See also note to "Babbity Bowster" for more on kissing dances.