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NAMURE, THE. English, Country Dance Tune and Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first printed by London publisher John Walsh in Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, editions of 1735 and 1749, by by publisher John Johnson in dancing master Daniel Wright's Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (1740).
The Namure was the name of two 18th century warships in the Royal Navy, the first one built in 1697, whose name commemorated the capture of the Belgian city of Namur by William III in 1695. Namur was ruled by a Count or Margrave, and was not often an independent entity; it was finally annexed by France in 1795. If Walsh's title refers to a Royal Navy ship, it would have been the first HMS Namur(e), a 90-gun second rate ship-of-the-line. She was rebuilt in 1729 and was wrecked in 1749. The second HMS Namur(e) was also a ship-of-the-line in the Royal Navy, a 90-gun 2nd rate, three-decker, built in 1756 at Chatham Dockyard. She fought in the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797) under the command of Captain James Hawkins-Whitshed, was razed in 1805 and finally broken up in 1833.
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