Morton's Maggot

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She comments:the 18th century, dances were frequently devised to celebrate significant events. In Lord Morton’s case, a dance entitled Morton’s Maggot was published in 1744. Although it is impossible to state with certainty that this dance was connected to the Earl of Morton, it seems highly probable that it marked a major event in his life, for in 1742, Morton obtained an act of parliament vesting the ownership of Orkney and Shetland in himself and heirs. It could often take a year or two for a dance to be devised and published after a noteworthy occasion, making Morton’s Maggot a likely candidate. At the time, the word “maggot” meant a favourite, a extravagant notion, or a whim –in this case, Morton’s Maggot translates as Morton’s Favourite Dance.


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