He comes from the Devil’s A—se at Peak,

and a peak beyond.

Said of persons whose birth-place and former residence are unknown. The Devil’s A—se is a natural cavern, at Castleton, called one of the wonders of the Peak.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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He is driving his hogs over Swarston-bridge
He comes from the Devil’s A—se at Peak
Elden-hole wants filling

To Denshire; i.e. to Devonshire land


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