PERRO. AKA - "Pearo." English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was published in London by John Walsh in his Compleat Country Dancing Master, vol. 3 (1731, p. 7), and by John Johnson in Wright's Compleat Collection of celebrated country Dances (1740, p. 13). Johnson's volume was originally published by an earlier London music seller and publisher, Daniel Wright. The title is thought to be a variant spelling of Pierrot , the stock character of the Commedia dell'Arte, a clown who pines for his love Columbine, who rejects him in favor of Harlequin.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: John Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 14.