Benton

DESCRIPTION: The singer fees [hires for the season] to Benton. "Benton's study ever was His servants for to grind." He puts up with Benton's tricks but wouldn't work the harvest with a rusty scythe. That settled, he wouldn't leave until he was fully paid.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: farming work money trick
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #145, pp. 1-2, "Benton" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 364, "Benton" (1 text)

Roud #5906
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Benton Crew" (subject)
NOTES: GreigDuncan3: "The four brothers Benton ... farmed at Harthill in Whitehouse ... from 1874 to 1890." - BS
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Harthill (364) is at coordinate (h1-2,v6) on that map [near Alford, roughly 22 miles W of Aberdeen]. - BS
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