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MISS RICHARDS’ HORNPIPE. English, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. From the early 19th century Hardy family manuscripts, Dorset. Barry Callaghan (2007) identifies Miss Richards as a “famous Sadlers Wells acrobat and dancer (who) performed in Dorchester in 1786.” She is recorded as having performed feats of "Ground and Lofty Tumbling" in a show called "Exhibitions of Sadlers Wells" presented by Andrews company at Coopers' Hall, Bristol, March, 1782. Elizabeth Rebecca Richards (1775–1854) married actor John Edwin in 1791 and continued a long and successful career as Mrs. Edwin (long surviving her husband, who died in Dublin in 1805). A sketch of her can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 17, by John Joseph Knight [1].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barber (English Choice), 2002; no. 77, p. 35. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 21.

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