, is the picturesque setting in Northumbria for this amusing song about a prodigious beast namely a tup hogg. Now, for those not in the know, Tup
is an alternative term in sheep husbandry for ram and tupping
is used for the mating of sheep, or the mating season (autumn, for a spring-lambing flock). It appears to be a Geordie version of the perhaps the better known The Derby Ram
. It has been recorded by Benny Graham
and presently (April 2013), I do not know where he got the song. It may be his own composition.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook but not yet in my personal repertoire