X:1 T:Tunbridge Rout M:C| L:1/8 B:Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1757) Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc’s:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A a2 gf ecAe|eBAG AECA,|agaf ec (AB/c/)|dBAG A2 A,2:| |:e(c c)d/e/ fd f2|d(B B)c/d/ ec e2|cA AB/c/ d/c/B/A/ Gf|edcB A2 A,2:||
TUNBRIDGE ROUT. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is unique in published works to Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection (London). It appears in the music manuscript commonplace book of Cheapside, London, musician Walter Rainstorp, begun in 1747.
Rout is a slang term from the Regency era (very early 19th century) meaning a “party with refreshments, dancing, and entertainments.”