Folk Play Distribution Map: Millington's Textual Classes (2002)

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Key Play Class
aqua Irish Plays
gray Southern English Plays
red Cotswold Plays
fuchsia Robin Hood Plays
blue Recruiting Sergeant Plays
purple Multiple Wooing Plays
Key Play Class
yellow Northern English Plays
maroon Alexander Chapbook Plays
lime Sword Dance Plays
teal Galoshins A Plays
olive Galoshins B Plays
green Galoshins C Plays
  1. Known composite scripts prepared by known authors have been omitted.
  2. Chapbooks, broadsides, and other commercial texts have been omitted.

This map is an improved version of one that appeared in my PhD thesis (Millington, 2002, p.234, Maps 3 & 4), and in my paper on textual analysis (Millington, 2003, p.103-104, Map 4). In this version, generated from the Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts, the markers coloured, whereas the original map was in monochrome. The scripts database has also grown slightly since 2002 (Millington, 1994-2006).

The breakdown of script types was prepared with the aid of computerised tools that group together texts containing similar collections of lines. The following hierarchy of the classes has been copied from the scripts database, and the class titles are linked to the relevant descriptions in the database's Definitions.

: Hero/Combat Plays
: : Northern English Plays
: : : Alexander Chapbook Plays
: : North British Plays
: : : Sword Dance Plays
: : : Galoshins A Plays
: : : Galoshins B Plays
: : : Galoshins C Plays
: : Cotswold Plays
: : : Robin Hood Plays
: : Irish Plays
: : Southern English Plays
: : Compiled Hybrid Plays
: : Composed Plays
: Plough Plays
: : Multiple Wooing Plays
: : Recruiting Sergeant Plays
: Old Horse Plays
: Derby Tup Plays

This map only shows plays under the main heading of "Quack Doctor Plays". It also excludes the few "Compiled Hybrid" and "Composed" plays because they are known not to have arisen through traditional transmission processes.

Peter Millington


Peter Millington (1999-2018) Folk Play Research: Texts and Contexts
Internet URL:, 1999-2018, accessed 24th Jan.2021
Retitled in 2018 - formerly 'Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts'.

Peter Millington (2002) The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays
PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, May 2002     [Full Text PDF - 2.7MB]

Peter Millington (2003) Textual Analysis of English Quack Doctor Plays: Some New Discoveries
in: Folk Drama Studies Today: The International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, ed. by E.Cass & P.Millington
Sheffield, Traditional Drama Research Group, 2003, ISBN 0-9508152-3-3, pp.97-132     [PDF Download - 841kB]

Peter Millington (2004-2021) Folk Play Scripts Explorer
Internet URL:, 2004-2021, accessed 24th Jan.2021

This map was generated using the Master Mummers Outline Distribution Mapper.
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