[SCA-Dance] [sca-dance] NEW - Alternate source for ECD

sarah scroggie sarah.scroggie at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 11:51:26 EST 2010

Hi Dancers

     The other day I was doing my semi-regular search for new Gresley Dance
articles when I came across the name Carol Marsh, in association with a
manuscript known either as the "Pattricke Manuscript" or the "Lovelace
Manuscript" . On further searching I discovered that this manuscript, from a
Harvard collection, contains descriptions for 32 English country dances,
possibly written down before 1649, many of which are the same as Playford
dances with slightly different descriptions (details outlined in the article
below) there is a micro film of the original available at the Harvard
Library (which Greg found the reference for) if any one has access to that
Carol Marsh wrote a tantalizing preliminary article in 2004

Marsh promises a complete transcription of the manuscript but it does not
yet seem to be forthcoming.

The google book that I originally found the reference in is :The Early
Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music  By Barbara
This seems to be a very well researched book with a number of newer
references which I had not seen before.

There is now much further work which can be done in comparison of the
different sources and even a few new dances to try once we have a
transcription of the original text, but I thought you would all be excited
to finally have another view point.

My further searching turn up, what is not new, but may not be know to a
wider audience, that there were a number of other previously known
manuscripts with descriptions of one or more English county Dances in them -
I have yet to come across a full transcription for any of them.

Key 17th c English county Dance sources:
Playford Dancing Master
British Museum Library, Ms. Sloane 3858 (undated) (see Patri's LOD Article
British Library MS Lansdowne 1115 (fols. 35-8) contains four unamed Dances
with patterns of the dancers initial positions.

 Emma Dansmeyla

Sarah Scroggie,
Mother and Theater technician/ set designer

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