London Military Association Dance (The)
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 . 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.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; No. 176, p. 86.