Charlie Napier Gordon

DESCRIPTION: Charlie Napier Gordon gives a girl and her father a ride in his gig. He has the father get out and abducts the girl. She screams, the gig overturns and a weaver sees Charlie try to rape her. She gets away and Charlie bribes the weaver to keep quiet.
AUTHOR: William Dalgarno (source: GreigDuncan6)
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: abduction escape rape father
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan6 1266, "Charlie Napier Gordon" (7 texts, 3 tunes)
Roud #6795
The Laird o' Esselmont
NOTES [97 words]: The alternate title is Charles Napier Gordon's title. The last verse attributes the ballad to Willie Dalgairn of Aucterlethen. GreigDuncan6 quotes Greig: "I learned from my father and if my memory turns aright it was sold in the markets (the composer William Dalgarno being at one time a servant with my father). Charlie Napier Gordon raised an action against William Dalgarno and he had to pay some few grounds of damages." - BS
Digging around online, I find that Charles Napier Gordon of Esslemont apparently lived 1811-1864 and had no children. So the dating, at least, fits. - RBW
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File: GrD61266

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