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Thread #69929   Message #2912375
Posted By: kevthefarmer
23-May-10 - 03:04 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Last Valentine's Day / Black Sloven
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Valentine's Day
I have recently researched the characters in the song "Colonel Wyndham" and "Jim Norris" and come up with this from "The New Sporting Magazine" of January 1837.

Colonel G. Wyndham was, in fact George Wyndham, 1st Baron Leconfield (1787-1869) who was the son of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) and lived at Petworth House, in West Sussex.

Noting the age of the tune, and that the "Black Sloven" was a horse from an earlier time and a different part of England, I can only imagine that the song was popular throughout the hunting districts of England and worked on the idea of "insert name of Master/Huntsman/Whipper-in here" at appropriate places in the song.
Best Wishes, Kevin Mayes.