Princess Amelia's Birthday

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PRINCESS AMELIA'S BIRTHDAY. English, Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody and country dance directions were first printed in London by John Walsh in his Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, 3rd edition, c. 1735, followed by publisher John Johnson in his Wright's Compleat Collection of celebrated country Dances, volume 2 (1742). It was also entered into the c. 1790 music manuscript collection of London musician Thomas Hammersley.

The title refers to Amelia Sophia Eleanor (1711-1786), Princess Amelia of Great Britain, the German-born second daughter of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach. Her birthday was the 10th of June (on the new-style Georgian calendar). Lady Pomfret considered her "one of the oddest princesses that ever was known; she has ears shut to flattery and her heart open to honesty." She died unmarried.

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