Prince Edward's Jig
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PRINCE EDWARD’S JIG. English, Jig. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title probably refers to Prince Edward  (1739–1767), the Duke of York and Albany, the younger brother of King George III (who in the 1750’s had not yet ascended to the throne and was still the Prince of Wales). Dance instructions for “Prince Edward’s Jigg” appear in Peter Thompson’s Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1754 (London). The tune appears in John Hinton’s periodical Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (London, Nov., 1754, No. 2, p. 223), and subsequently in John Johnson’s 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (London, 1756), and Charles and Samuel Johnson’s 1757 country dance collection.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 87.