A ‘weel kent’ reel. In addition to the details in the recent related discussion thread, the tune also appears in:
a) The Beauties of Niel Gow 1799 - 1839 Vol 2
b) Robert Petrie’s Collection of Strathspeys, Reels etc Vol 4 1805
c) George Cameron’s Selection of Scottish Violin Music 1854
d) The Athole Collection of the Dance Music of Scotland 1884
The composer and country of origin are unspecified in any of the above but it was a well travelled reel, even in the early 19thC.
Here’s my transcription from Altan’s version on Harvest Storm.
T: Pretty Peg
D: Harvest Storm, Altan
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,A|
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,E||
FDAD BDAD|FDAD CEEG|F/E/D AD BDAD|FDAD A,DDE|
FDdD cDBD|ADFD CEEG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE D2 A/B/c||
Thanks, Will - someone was asking about this on "Chiff & Fipple" the other day. I’ll direct them to this, if someone hasn’t done it already.
As for the initial comments, although the composer might be unknown, given the 4 written sources provided, I don’t think there can be much doubt about the country of origin !
Pretty Peg & Sporting Paddy
Not to be confused with this ditty: