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I am going to back peddle a bit here. I think when i initially said Princess Royal was a Playford tune, I should have said its a Morris dance and tune. I have been looking through online indices to Playford and cant find it.
If you google Princess Royal you get a whole bunch of links, and I should really get back to work so i am not going to investigate further.

so unless someone has a copy of playford and can let us know, i am going to bow out of this.....

derek

----- Original Message -----
From: Sherry and Don LADIG <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:41 am
Subject: Re: Princess Royal
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> Do we know for sure that "P.R." was in the first (or even 
> second) edition of Playford? There were many subsequent 
> editions...I'm quite willing to accept that it could be a 
> "borrowed" tune, however; that was done a lot in those days.
> 
>           Sherry
> 
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: DEREK LOFTHOUSE<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
>   To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:IRTRAD-
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>   Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 11:30 AM
>   Subject: Re: Princess Royal
> 
> 
>   Well if Princess Royal was collected by Playford (1623-
> 1686) and published in the Dancing Master (first ed. 1651) its 
> very unlikely O' Carolan (1670-1738) wrote it. (wikipedia is the 
> bomb).  So I would guess O'Carolan probably heard it and 
> took it into his repertoire.
> 
>   derek
> 
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Sherry and Don LADIG <Ladig-
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>   Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:15 am
>   Subject: Re: Princess Royal
>   To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:IRTRAD-
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>   > Princess Royal was collected (not written) by John 
> Playford for 
>   > his Dancing Master collection; there is a popular 
> English 
>   > country dance (still danced today) which uses this 
> somewhat 
>   > shortened version of the tune to fit the dance. Most 
> musicians I 
>   > play Princess Royal with believe it is either 
> O'Carolan's tune, 
>   > or say "attributed to O'Carolan", just to be safe 
> (there were a 
>   > lot of harpers and tunesmiths out there, happily 
> churning out 
>   > great tunes during those baroque days, and they 
> frequently 
>   > borrowed from each other. So it can be hard to say 
> definitively 
>   > who the composer was, but P.R. has the earmarks of an 
> O'Carolan tune).
>   > 
>