Sailors’ Hornpipe

Solo character dance for boys known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District where it was usually taught to children.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Dizzy Bryden of Whitehaven
Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Miss Harding of Ulverston, operating in the 1880s
James Howson operating in Flookborough
Alfred Threlfall Robinson
Joseph William  Robinson (Old Jos)
Robert Carson Robinson operating in the MIllom and Barrow areas.

A notation fort he dance as taught in the Southern Lakes was provided by Harold Edgar.

Information derived from and interview by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle), Mrs C. Riley (undated),  Mrs Frances Gray (undated),  Addie Robinson on the  28 August 1962 (plus original notes of the same date),  Harold Edgar on 15/9/1962, with William Wright on 17/9/1962 from correspondence from Tom Barnes to Tom Flett dated 12 August 1962 and by J.F. Flett with Florence Nixon, 2/12/1977. Also Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser 2/1/1886 and 23/9/1886



Adamson, William

Barnes, Tom

Cowper, Beatrice

Cowper, Elsie

Gibson, Elizabeth

Halliwell, Mrs Belle

Hobson, William B

Keith, Mrs Gertrude, Grange-over-Sands, England, 8 January 1960

Marhoff, Viona

Miss Harding

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

Robinson, Grace

Robinson, Norman

Sands, Ivy

Miss Lucy Short, White Platts, Ambleside, England, 3 January 1960

Tracey, Pat

Tully, Mr & Mrs William


Ivy Sands Sailors’ Hornpipe 1983

Pat Tracey Sailors’ Hornpipe

Pat Tracey Sailors’ Hornpipe 1982.