X:1 T:Walley Honey T: Wully Honey M:9/8 L:1/8 N:”Longways for as many as will.” B:John Walsh – Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth B: (London, 1740, No. 2) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C cGG G2G cAA|cGG G2G c3|cGG G2G cAA|B2c d/e/fd c3:| |:e|de/f/g G2c AFe|de/f/g G2G f2e|de/f/g G2c AFc|B2c d/e/fd c2||
WULLY HONEY. AKA - “Walley Honey.” Scottish, English; Country Dance Tune and Slip Jig (9/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Walley Honey" was printed in several of London music publisher John Walsh's country dance publications, including his Compleat Country Dancing Master, 2nd edition (1731), Complete Country Dancing Master, Volume the Fourth (1740), and Caledonian Country Dances (c. 1745, p. 78). It was also published by John Johnson in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1740, probably from plates from a former London music publisher, Daniel Wright).
Set as an air, the melody can be heard in the ballad operas An Old Man Taught Wisdom (1735) and Henry Fielding's The Virgin Unmasked (1786). "Walley Honey" was the tune used for a song attributed to poet Robert Ferguson called "There's fourth of braw Joackies, &c." in the Scots Musical Museum (No. 451). Stenhouse writes that it was "written and communicated" by Ferguson to David Herd, who published it after the poet's decease, in the second volume of his Collection, in 1776, but John Glen, for one, would like to know what Stenhouse's source was for the information and suggests there "is reason for doubting his statement."