Go to Berwick, Johnny

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Go to Berwick, Johnny

Postby Julia Say » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Fascinating factoid culled from a biography of Sarah, 1st Duchess of Marlborough.

The Duke, John Churchill was a supporter of King William and then Queen Anne in politically turbulent and complicated times. His nephew on the other hand was a supporter of the "Old Pretender" (or James III as his supporters saw him) and lived in France at James' court. His title was Earl of Berwick.

In some of the various underhand and nefarious dealings and negotiations that took place around 1700-1706, Churchill was advised to...well.....Go to Berwick, Johnny.

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Re: Go to Berwick, Johnny

Postby Matt Seattle » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:18 pm

Fascinating indeed, Julia.

Is the line actually quoted in relation to events, and does it make any sense in relation to the lyric from The Denham Tracts quoted in the new Dixon edition? Please don't feel obliged to answer if it entails serious additional archaeology on your part..!
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Re: Go to Berwick, Johnny

Postby John Gibbons » Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:21 pm

The tune made it into Atkinson's MS a decade before these events.
But as 'The New Road to Berwick', with nobody being named.
The old song clearly refers to Berwick the town.
So, were people quoting the existing song at Churchill?

Probably impossible to tell from the surviving evidence....

Unless there is a Marlborough expert following this???

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