KEW GREEN. English, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Like many of the tunes in Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances (c. 1737) they were reprinted in the Davis collection (1748), and in John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1750).
Kew Green is a location in south-west London, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Thames River. In Elizabethan and Stuart times the area was a fashionable country place (Queen Elizabeth's favorite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, had a farm and large house there), but it is associated most with the Hanoverian monarchs. Princess Augusta founded the botanic gardens in Kew, and, as Dowager Princess of Wales, continued to live there until her death in 1721. Later that year the future George III and Queen Charlotte moved into her manor and, by the 1760's and 1770's had established their summer court at Kew.
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Printed sources: Davis (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1748), 1748; No. 9.