Lord Baltimore’s Rant
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LORD BALTIMORE'S RANT. English, Country Dance Tune & Jig. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title perhaps refers to Frederick Calvert , 6th Baron Baltimore, 4th Proprietor of Maryland (1731-1771), last in the line of Baron Baltimores. Fredrick was a wastrel who actually never visited Maryland, preferring to overindulge his excesses and scandalous lifestyle. He died, unmourned, leaving no legitimate heir to carry on the line, although he did sire a gaggle of illegitimate children.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Straight and Skillern (Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1775; No. 100, p. 50.