Gallant Soldier, The (Mary/Peggy and the Soldier)

DESCRIPTION: (Peggy) comes out and sees the soldiers marching by. She falls in love with one and offers to marry him. He warns her of the problems of travel and separation. She offers to come with him; she has money to care for herself. He agrees to marry her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1846 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1627))
KEYWORDS: love courting soldier travel marriage money
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #154, p. 2, ("Mary she went out one day"); #152, p. 3, ("For the walk so neat, and the dress so gay") (1 text plus 1 fragment)
Greig/Duncan1 91, "Highland Soldier" (5 texts, 2 tunes)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H782, p. 473, "The Gallant Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2496
Bodleian, Harding B 11(1627), "The Highland Soldier" ("On the Highland mountains so far away"), J. Paul and Co. (London), 1838-1845; also Harding B 11(1548), Firth c.14(141), Harding B 11(1628), "[The] Highland Soldier"; Harding B 26(202), "The Gallant Soldier"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(19a), "The Highland Soldier," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890

cf. "The Gallant Hussar (A Damsel Possessed of Great Beauty)" (plot)
cf. "Rambling Sailor" (tune, per broadsides Bodleian Harding B 11(1627), Harding B 11(1628) and Harding B 11(1548))
The Lovely Maiden
NOTES [88 words]: All three versions of this song known to me (the Sam Henry version and the Paul Brady version in the Digital Tradition, plus a version sung by Connie Dover on"If Ever I Return") contain the line, "But O how cruel my parents (can/must) be, To banish my darling so far from me." But at that stage in the song, the man is *already* a soldier, and the parents probably don't know what Mary/Peggy is up to anyway. The conclusion would seem to be that this song picked up elements of some song involving banishment of a true love. - RBW
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