The Marquis Of Waterford hornpipe

Also known as The Marquis Of Waterford’s.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Marquis Of Waterford has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Marquis Of Waterford
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:FA|BABc Bdfa|bBAB GBFB|E2gf edcB|(3ABc (3BAG Fedc|
BABc Bfga|bBAB GBFB|EGce dcBA|c2B2 B2:|
|:de|fdbd fdeg|fdbd fdeg|fdgf edcB|(3ABc (3BAG Fedc|
BABc Bfga|bBAB GBeg|fdBd cAFA|c2B2 B2:|
X: 2
T: The Marquis Of Waterford
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
EG|AGAB Aceg|aAGA FAEA|D2fe dcBA|(3GAB (3AGF EdcB|
AGAB Aefg|aAGA FAEA|DFBd cBAG|B2A2 A2:|
|:cd|ecac ecdf|ecac ecdf|ecfe dcBA|(3GAB (3AGF EdcB|
AGAB Aefg|aAGA FAdf|ecAc BGEG|B2A2 A2:|
DF|GFGA GBdf|gGFG EGDG|C2ed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGDG|CEAc BAGF|A2G2 G2:|
|:Bc|dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|A2G2 G2:|
DF|GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGDG|C2ed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2:|
Bc|dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DABc|
dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2Bc|
dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2||

Five comments

The Marquis Of Waterford

This is a tune I’ve known for quite a few years. It’s one of those Bb major hornpipes and it’s by James Hill. I had to post it in Gmin because Bb wasn’t an option from the drop-down menu, but it’s the same key sig anyway. It’s also played in Amaj and Gmaj - see abc below:

X: 1
T: Marquis Of Waterford, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Amaj
EG|AGAB Aceg|aAGA FAEA|D2fe dcBA|(3GAB (3AGF EdcB|
AGAB Aefg|aAGA FAEA|DFBd cBAG|B2A2 A2:|
|:cd|ecac ecdf|ecac ecdf|ecfe dcBA|(3GAB (3AGF EdcB|
AGAB Aefg|aAGA FAdf|ecAc BGEG|B2A2 A2:|

X: 1
T: Marquis Of Waterford, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
DF|GFGA GBdf|gGFG EGDG|C2ed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGDG|CEAc BAGF|A2G2 G2:|
|:Bc|dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|A2G2 G2:|

I also found another version of it online @ http://www.birchmore.clara.net/html/northumbria.html. I’ve tidied up the abc a little bit during the transcription process:

X: 1
T: Marquis Of Waterford, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
DF|GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGDG|C2ed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2:|
Bc|dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DABc|
dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2Bc|
dBgB dBce|dBgB dBce|dBed cBAG|(3FGA (3GFE DcBA|
GFGA Gdef|gGFG EGce|dBGB AFDF|(3GAB G2 G2||

Please don’t ruin this tunes by speeding it up, straightening it out, and stressing the backbeat Irish-style. It’s not a reel. Let the tune breathe. Slow down and swing it.

Despite the name, this isn’t an Irish tune. At the time when James Hill was writing all his tunes, the Marquis of Waterford (Henry Beresford) owned the castle at Ford village, and possibly other land in Northumberland as well, altho’ I’m not sure about that as I’m not well up on the history.

Ah, this explains it: "The French form marquis, recorded in English since 1300, is still sometimes used (especially in Scotland), though marquess is now the preferred British usage."