Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot

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MR. BEVERIDGE'S MAGGOT. English, Country Dance Tune (3/2 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Sharp): AABB (Barnes). Beverdige was a court dancing master whose hey-day was in the 1680's in England and who, along with Issacs, began devising maggots--distinctive longways country dances to triple-time hornpipes. A maggot was another name for a dram, a unit of liquid measure, but also meant a small thing of little consequence or a plaything, from the Italian maggioletta. The Maggots began appearing in the Dancing Master, ninth edition, of 1695, and the appendix to that edition, entitled The Second Part of the Dancing Master, contains most of the 24 dances attributed to Beveridge [1]. This melody dates to 1701.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Fleming Williams & Shaw (English Dance Airs; Popular Selection, Book 1), 1965; p. 8. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 79.

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  1. Margaret Dean-Smith & E.J. Nicol, "The Dancing Master: 1651-1728", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 4, No. 4, Dec., 1943, p. 139.