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Old 01-28-2009, 07:16 AM   #4
Adam Sanderson
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Default Re: Cock of the North

I think Cock of the North is descended from an old English tune called Joan's Placket is Torn aka Jones Placket is Rent, which was once played on the trumpet to express derision! It was recorded as being played by a Dutch trumpeter when Charles II flagship, The Royal Charles, was abandoned by it's crew in 1667. It was then captured by the Dutch without a shot being fired, and the tune played from the stern of the vessel as it headed towars Holland, according to Pepy's.

It was first published, AFAIK, in the 1686 edition of Playford's "Dancing Master". The tune is also known as Jumping John and Jumping Joan.
Growing up in the Grampian region, I only ever knew it as "Auntie Mary".
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