Marquis of Harlington (The)

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MARQUIS OF HARLINGTON, THE. AKA and see "Dearest Dicky." English, Jig. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Marquis of Harlington was the title in the 18th century of the eldest son of the Duke of Devonshire. The tune was published in Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1801 (London, p. 8). It appears in the c. 1860's music manuscript of William Tildesley (Swinton, Lancashire), under the title "The Marquis."

The title of the tune would seem to honor either William Cavendish [1] (1748-1811), 5th Duke of Devonshire, or his son William Cavendish [2] (1790-1858), 6th Duke of Devonshire, who was the Marquess of Hartington (note that it is spelled with a 't' and not an 'l', although 'Harlington' is seems to be have been commonly applied) until he succeeded his father in the Dukedom in 1811.

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