Round about Ferryhill
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ROUND ABOUT FERRYHILL. English, Jig (12/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Vickers manuscript researcher Matt Seattle notes that the jig is not found elsewhere, and that 'Ferryhill' probably refers to Ferryhill in County Durham. George Nesham's North-country sketches, notes, essays and reviews gives:
Bishop Middleham [near Ferryhill] must have been a pretty spot in the ancient palatinate days, and some of its houses still wear an old-world aspect. The young women here have the reputation of being exceedingly fair-skinned and pretty, but coy, and to them used to be applied the couplet —
Round about Ferryhill, hey for Hett
There's many a bonny lass, but few to get.
Lean's Collectanea (1891), a volume of proverbs, sayings and folklore collected by Vincent Stuckey Lean, gives the same rhyme. Ferryhill and Hett are "Two villages at no great distance from Durham" notes an editor.