Nowill Hills (1)
X:1 T:Nowill Hills  M:C| L:1/8 B:Playford - Dancing Master 12th edition (1703) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D2F2A2d2|A4F4|G3A (BA)(GF)|E6 E2| D2F2A2d2|A4 f4|(ef)(ec) (dc) (BA)|A8:| |:A2c2e2a2|e4 c4|d3e (fe)(dc)|B6 B2| A2d2A2F2|A4B4|(AB) (AF) (GF)(ED)|D8||
NOWILL HILLS . AKA and see "Friday Night," "Love Neglected," "Peggy in Devotion." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The country dance directions ("Longways for as many as will") and tune were first printed by London publisher Henry Playford in the 12th edition of his Dancing Master   (1703). It was retained in the long-running Dancing Master series in each edition through the 18th and final edition of 1728 (then published by Henry's successor, John Young). It also appears in Walsh & Hare's The Compleat Country Dancing Master (1718, p. 350). Beginning with the 14th edition of the Dancing Master (1709), "Love Neglected" was added as an alternate title. A manuscript version appears in the late 17th century music manuscript of Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson  (1694-95) under the generic title "A Scotch Tune", in the margin of which a later hand wrote "English." It seems likely it was known on both sides of the border.
The air is the vehicle for the song "Peggy in Devotion" printed in Thomas D'Urfey's Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 2 (London, 1719, pp. 202-203), and was the vehicle for a song in Walker's Quaker's Opera (1728). Cecil Sharp employed the tune of "Of Noble Race was Shenkin" for the dance Nowill Hills, apparently preferring it to Playford's original tune. See "Nowill Hills (2)" for that listing.