X:1 T:Wooburn Abbey M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance N:Section labelled "1781" B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson -- Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite B:Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788; No. 186, p. 96) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb BAB FBd|c2c c2e|dfB gfe|dcB AGF| BAB FBd|c2c c2e|dfB ecA|B3 [B,3B3]:| |:fdB D2f|g2E E2g|ecA [C2c2]e|f2D D2f| b2B g2G|e2E c2[Cc]|DFA cBA|B2[B,B] [B,3B3]:|]
WOOBURN ABBEY. English, Country Dance Tune and Jig (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune first appears in Bride's Favourite Collection of 200 Country Dances (Part IV, p. 93), printed in London in 1776 by the music publishing company of Longman, Lukey and Broderip. It also is contained in Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favorite Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788). Woburn Abbey has been, since 1547, the family seat of the Duke of Bedford, in Woburn, Bedfordshire, England. Formerly it was a Cistercian Abbey, but was expropriated by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford. It was rebuilt in 1744 for the 4th Duke.