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LONDON MILITARY ASSOCIATION DANCE. English, Country Dance (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The London Military Association was a volunteer militia that served to protect London, whose most prominent member was John Wilkes [1]. The militia saw action in the Gordon Riots of 1780, in which anti-Catholic rioters took over the city for a week, attacking the prisons and freeing the prisoners. Wilkes was in command of the troops outside the Bank of England when he ordered his men to fire on the crowd.

A period caricature of a volunteer of the London Military Association, a butcher by trade.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; No. 176, p. 86.

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