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HOMBEY HOUSE. English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in all four editions of John Young's Second Volume of the Dancing Master [1] (1710-1728), and in rival London publishers Walsh and Randall's The New Country Dancing Master, Second Book (1710), and Walsh and Hare's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719).

Hombey House, near Northhampton, and was famous as the place where King Charles I took refuge at the end of the English Civil War. The melody was probably composed by Henry Purcell, as it appears in his opera The Indian Queen as an untitled hornpipe. However, Purcell was known to have employed older airs in his works (William Chappell - National English Airs, 1838, p. 159).

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