“Felton Lonnin (Pelton Lonnin') (I, II, III)”


Pipe tune, with assorted incidental lyrics: "The kye's come hame but aw see not ma hinny, The key's come hame but aw see not ma bairn." Or "There's three fames horses frae Felton Lonnin.'" Or "The swine cam jumpin' down Pelton Lonnin'."


This piece presents a genuine puzzle to the collector: Three songs, or one? Stokoe's first version, a fragment, certainly looks traditional. The third probably is, too, it looks a bit like a singing game. The second looks more like a broadside.

None of the versions seems very well known. And they all use the same tune, described as a pipe tune. I finally decided to lump them. Roud does the same.

The first text was expanded by Johnny Handle into a full-grown missing-love song and recorded by Ray Fisher, but only the first two verses and the tune are traditional. - RBW


  1. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 150-151, "Felton Lonnin'" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3166
  3. BI, StoR150


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay), who attribute one set of words to 1793
Found in: Britain(England(North))