Thomas Holcroft et al. in White Conduit House, Islington - between at the end of the 1770's and in the beginning of the 1780's
from Memoirs of the late Thomas Holcroft: Written by Himself; and Continued to the Time of His Death., pages 280-281:
[I]t appears that Mr Holcroft, among other employments […] found time to write songs for Vauxhall, several of which became very popular. Among these, the greatest favourite was the ballad beginning “Down the Bourne and through the Mead”, which was set to music by Shield. This song, which is written in the Scottish dialect, has often been taken for an old Scotch ballad, and has been actually printed in a collection of Scotch … more >>
Thomas Holcroft, and William Hazlitt (ed.), Memoirs of the late Thomas Holcroft: Written by Himself; and Continued to the Time of His Death., volume 1 (London, 1816), p. 280-281. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1656602819095 accessed: 2 October, 2023
Listening tohide composers
'Johnny and Mary'
written by William Shield, Thomas Holcroft
|Date/Time||between at the end of the 1770's and in the beginning of the 1780's|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in public|
The listening experience is described but was not heard by William Hazlitt. “Down the Bourne and through the Mead” is the first line of the ballad ‘Johnny and Mary’.