Lincolnshire March (1)

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LINCOLNSHIRE MARCH [1]. English, March (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody appears in several martial-oriented publications from the mid-18th century into the 19th, including James Oswald's Fifty-Five Marches for the Militia (London, 1759), Longman's New and Complete Instructions for the Oboe or Hoboy (London, 1770), Thompson's Thirty Favourite Marches (Book 2, London, 1770), and George Willig's Compleat Tutor for the Fife (Philadelphia, 1805). It also appears in the late 18th century manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr. Livingston purchased the estate of Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1771 at the age of 23. In 1775 he was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment, which participated in Montgomery's invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Québec from British control. An important land-owner in the Hudson Valley, and a member of the powerful Livingston family, Henry was also a surveyor and real estate speculator, an illustrator and map-maker, and a Justice of the Peace for Dutchess County. He was also a musician and presumably a dancer, as he was elected a Manager for the New York Assembly's dancing season of 1774-1775, along with his 3rd cousin, John Jay, later U.S. Chief Justice of Governor of New York. The key signature is marked with one sharp in the ms.

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