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POSTBOY'S HORNPIPE.English, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (tuning). AABB. Despite O'Neill's attempt to capture provenance by including it in his Irish Music (1915), the tune remains securely English. It was printed in London dancing master Thomas Wilson's A Companion to the Ball Room (1816) with the declaration that it is "Old English." That may be, but older versions have not yet surfaced.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 378, p. 181. Wilson (A Companion to the Ball Room), 1816; p. 127.