Mall Peatly ~ Williams

Moll Peatly

Moll Peatley

Mall Peatly ~ Williams Mall Peatly ~ Sharp

Mall Peatly ~ Williams or Moll Peatly is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 4123. The minor set lasts 74 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back That again First man set to the first wo. then to the second, and Hey with the two last we. and stay in the last place, the last man at the same time setting to the two last we. Hey with the two first, and stay in first place This back to your places

Sides all That again This as before, the first and last we. doing it as the men did before

Arms all That again The first man and wo. do this as before, and stay in the last place Or do this back again, cast off and meet below

Lovelace writes:

You must first lead up twice, and then the first man, and last man set to theire owne woemen, and then to theire next; (as with the first man to the 2 woemen; and the last man to the 3rd woeman,) and then the first man dances the Heyes with the 2 lowest woemen, and the lowest man with the 2 uppermost woemen; and then the first man shall be last, and the last first, and then (by?) setting againe, and dancing the Hay, theye shall come both backe againe in their owne places:

And then all sides twice; and then the first, and last woeman doing as the men did aforesayd, that after having set to 1 and 3 at both ends, then dance that hay above, and below, at both ends as afforesayd, and then back again, like as the men have d(xxx) before, them, (like as the last men have before xxx), did dance the hey with the 2 up xxx irst woemmen, set the last woemen or foremost man xx (shall?) xxxxxxxxxxxxx the latter:

All doe arme, or halfe turne, and then the man doe like as he did att first, and soe on as you please:

The first two parts are the same as Sharp's interpretation. In the third part I try to follow Playford more closely, making that part progressive. Note that Lovelace's third part is not progressive, it is simply a copy of the first.

This dance is unusual for Playford, he actually gives options. I'm following the first one.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

I.A1-4Up a double, and back
5-8Up a double, and back (again)
I.B11-2M1+M4 set to partner
3-4M1+W2, M4+W3 set
5-10M1 with last two women, M4 with first two, five changes, actives falling into the vacant spot on their own side
I.B21-2M1+W4, M4+W1 set
3-4M1+W3, M4+W2 set
5-10M1 hey with first two women, M4 with last two
II.A1-4Side right
5-8Side left
II.B11-2W1+M4 set to partner
3-4W1+M2, W4+M3 set
5-10W1 with last two men, W4 with first two, five changes, actives falling into the vacant spot on their own side
II.B21-2W1+M4, W4+M1 set
3-4W1+M3, W4+M2 set
5-10W1 hey with first two men, W4 with last two
III.A1-4Arm right
5-8Arm left
III.B1-21s set
3-41s set to corners
5-102s move up, 1s cross-over mirror hey with the last two couples sort of hey until they get have moved up one place

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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