Nancy Dawson

DESCRIPTION: "There lived a lass in yonder glen, Wham auld and young did brawly ken." Nancy Dawson's parents would wed her to "the laird o Mucklegear," ancient Bauldy Lawson. She loves a young man; the wedding is set, but she flees with her love
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Ford); the tune"Nancy Dawson" dated back at least to the 1770s
KEYWORDS: lover courting age beauty elopement abandonment
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 71-75, "Nancy Dawson" (1 text)
GreigDuncan5 1028, "Nancy Dawson" (1 text)

Roud #6717
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "John of Hazelgreen [Child 293]" (plot)
cf. "Lady Jean" (plot)
SAME TUNE:
Ye Tories all rejoice and sing Success to George our gracious King (Lawrence, p. 75)
American Liberty; or, the Sovereign Right of Thinking ("Since we're forbid to speak or write") (Lawrence, p. 150)
NOTES: There is a (feeble) poem by Herbert P. Horne called "Nancy Dawson"; they are unrelated. It may be that this piece inspired that, however; at least, the name "Nancy Dawson" was well enough known that one of the ships involved in the Franklin search was named Nancy Dawson. And it can't be named after the Horne poem; Horne wasn't born until 1864.
Linscott says that "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Gathering Nuts in May" use the tune "Nancy Dawson." That does not appear to be this song; though no tune seems to have been recorded, the stanza forms don't match. - RBW
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File: FVS071

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