Knights of the Garter
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KNIGHTS OF THE GARTER. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was originally published in Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). Along with several other tunes from the Thompson's 1773 collection, it was entered into the 1840 music copybook collection of Cumbrian musician John Rook. The Knights of the Garter is a noble order founded by King Edward III in 1348 and survive today as the highest order of British honors. Membership is limited to the soverign, the heir, and twenty-four companions.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 148.