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LANCASTER LASSES. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). North-West England. D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the Third Volume of the Dancing Master , 2nd edition, published in London in 1726 by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concern. It also appears in Walsh's Third Book of The New Country Dancing Master (London, 1728, p. 94).
The name Lancaster is derived from the Roman occupation of England, with '-caster' derived from the Latin word castra or 'camp' (in Old English, ceaster). The first part of the name Lancaster refers to the river Lune; thus Lancaster is the 'settlement on the Lune'.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Knowles (Northern Frisk), 1988; No. 17.