Simon and Janet

DESCRIPTION: Old man and wife, Simon and Janet, hear Bonaparte has landed. In spite of her dreams of his death, he goes to join the fight. The captain tells him to be ready next morning. It is a false alarm. They return from the war unscathed, cursing the French.
AUTHOR: Andrew Scott (1757-1839) (source: Greig #27, p. 2)
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: age army war Scotland humorous husband wife Napoleon
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #25, p. 1, "Simon and Janet" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 73, "Simon and Janet" (1 text)

Roud #5771
cf. "Noble Huntly" (subject: the threatened invasion by Napoleon)
NOTES [30 words]: GreigDuncan1: "The song refers to the false alarm of Bonaparte's landing when the beacons were lit by mistake in the Border counties of England and Scotland on 2 February 1804." - BS
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