The Rigadoon (French Rigaudan) was a dance with a lively duple metre, originating in southern France, which was adopted by the court of Louis XIV. It spread to England and remained popular until the end of the 18th century. Wikipedia
The manuscript is dedicated “To John Thurston Gent in Kington near Thornbury Gloucestershire 1736”. Below this, in a different hand, is the name “Mary Thurston”. A number of hands have contributed to the book. John & Mary were married in 1736.
Some pages, particularly in the early part of the book, have large parts missing. I have not attempted to transcribe the fragmentary tunes.
A facsimile of the book with an introduction was prepared by Christopher Challen and Thornbury and District Museum and published by Vox Humana Press. Our information is derived from this publication. Our thanks are due to Mr Challen and the Museum for allowing us to use the information.
Many of the tunes were recorded on 26 March 2007 by the following musicians.
Martin Harvey double-bass
Naomi Sargent violin
Ann Summers piano accordian
Steve Witcombe guitar, mandolin
The recordings were issued on a CD, PMM-CD093, with the cooperation of Christopher Challen and Thornbury and District Museum. We are grateful to all concerned for permission to use the recordings.