The dance was originally a longways single minor that I have converted to a circle (subtitled 'The Sailor's Clap Dance')
The jumps in A2 are appropriate seventeenth century embellishments.
Cecil Sharp and George Butterworth interpreted this dance in Country Dance Book 3 (1912) but despite the diagrams in Feuillet and Weaver, they got it hopelessly wrong.
Meillionen (Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances Vol 1) is exactly the same choreography set to a different tune. The Welsh Folk Dance Society claim this as a 'Welsh' dance with a completely different interpretation.
Les Mariners in Recueil de Nouvelles Contredances (Dezais, 1712) is similar, but duple minor. It also appears to show 'swirly' siding, but starting right shoulder!
The tune (Roowe well ye marynors) was first registered in 1565 for a ballad, followed by many subsequent ballads including John and Joan in Pills to Purge Melancholy Vol 4 (1719)
Chartles Bolton has a horrendous reconstruction in Retreads Vol 6 (1992) which is reproduced in the Playford Assembly (Graham Christian, 2015).
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