Trooper and the Tailor, The

DESCRIPTION: The trooper is away on duty, so his wife goes to bed with the tailor. When their business is done, they go to sleep. When the trooper shows up, the tailor hides in a cabinet. The chilly trooper wants to burn the cabinet, and finds the hidden tailor.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1889
KEYWORDS: infidelity husband wife soldier humorous hiding
FOUND IN: US(MA) Britain(England(South,Lond),Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (11 citations):
FSCatskills 139, "The Trooper and the Tailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan7 1463, "The Bold Trooper" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 270-271, "The Trooper" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy 200, "The Game-Cock" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-ECS, #105, "The Groggy Old Tailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morton-Ulster 45, "The Wee Croppy Tailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morton-Maguire 50, pp. 144-145,174-175, "The Wee Croppy Tailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 243-248, "The Bold Trooper" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
Leach-Labrador 116, "Tiddy, the Tailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
PBB 86, "The Bold Trooper" (1 text)
DT, TRPRTAIL*

Roud #311
RECORDINGS:
Nora Cleary, "The Bold Trooper" (on Voice06)
Harry Cox, "The Groggy Old Tailor" (on HCox01)
Joshua Osborne, "The Bold Trooper" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, 2806 c.17(414), "Tailor and Trooper," unknown, n.d.
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Boatsman and the Chest" [Laws Q8] (plot) and references there
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Cropped Tailor
NOTES: This and similar songs are sometimes traced back to a story in Boccaccio (seventh day, second story: Gianella, Peronella, and her husband). But the story is really one of the basic themes of folktale, and doubtless predates Boccaccio as well as these songs. - RBW
The Morton-Ulster text ends when the trooper "caught hold of the tailor just by the two ears, And he clean cut them off with his own little shears...." That explains that text's title: "The Wee Croppy Tailor." Notes to IRClare01 give as one of the explanations of the politically charged term "Croppy," "the practice of punishing convicted felons by cutting off the tops of their ears." - BS
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