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WEARMOUTH LADS. Scottish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is attributed to Dunkeld, Scotland, fiddler Niel Gow (1727-1807) as “Colonel Robertson of Strewan's Welcome Home.” There was a Wearmouth at the mouth of the River Wear on the North Sea in northern England, which became the town of Sunderland. The melody appears in the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers as "Wearmouth Lads," with no mention of his source.
Source for notated version: William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection  (Northumberland) [Seattle].
Printed sources: S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 6: Jigs), 1982 (revised 1989, 2001); p. 5.
Recorded sources: Bash CD51, Chris Coe – “A Wiser Fool.”