Paisley Officer, The (India's Burning Sands) [Laws N2]

DESCRIPTION: Henry, an officer from Paisley, meets and falls in love with Mary. His regiment having been called to India, (they are married and) she dresses as a soldier to accompany him. He is fatally injured; she is killed caring for him
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (Gray, plus Gardner/Chickering, who also mention a manuscript copy dated 1884); there are sundry 19C broadsides
KEYWORDS: courting marriage cross-dressing soldier death battle India
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws N2, "The Paisley Officer (India's Burning Sands)"
GreigDuncan1 185, "The Paisley Officer" (2 texts)
Doerflinger, pp. 308-310, "The Paisley Officer" (2 texts, 1 tune)
SHenry H120, pp. 332-333, "Blythe and Bonny Scotland/India's Burning Sands" (1 text, 1 tune, composite)
Graham/Holmes 34, "India's Burning Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
McBride, pp. 65,75, "The Paisley Officer" (1 text)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 192-193, "The Paisley Officer" (2 texts)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 158-159, "The Paisley Officer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 51, "Bonny Scotland" (2 texts)
Guigne, pp. 191-195, "In Bright and Bonny Scotland (The Paisley Officer)" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 153-157, "The Paisley Officer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering 86, "The Village Pride" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
Gray, pp. 85-87, "In Blithe and Bonnie Fair Scotland" (1 text)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 19-21, "India's Burning Sangs" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #550
Sara Cleveland, "In Bonny Scotland" (on SCleveland01)
Charlotte Decker, "In Bright and Bonny Scotland" (on NFAGuigne01)
Warde Ford, "India's Burning Sands" [fragment] (AFS 4199Bx1, 1938; in AMMEM/Cowell)
Mrs. Ghaney, "Bonny Hills of Scotland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
John James, "Bonnie Hills of Scotland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
John Kehoe, "Bonny Hills of Scotland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Theresa White, "On the Bonny Hills of Scotland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)

Bodleian, Harding B 17(234a), "The Paisley Officer," Sanderson (Edinburgh), 1830-1910; also 2806 c.14(124), "The Paisley Officer"
NLScotland, L.C.178.A.2(198), "The Paisley Officer," unknown, c.1840; also L.C.178.A.2(198); RB.m.169(070), "The Paisley Officer"

cf. "Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear"
cf. "The Fair Town of Greenock" (theme)
cf. "The Lad in the Scotch Brigade (The Banks of the Clyde)" (theme)
NOTES [72 words]: The description of this song at the Bodleian site associates this with the Sepoy Rebellion (1857-1858) -- but note that the National Library of Scotland broadsides probably predate this. - BS, RBW
For notes on legitimate historical examples of women serving in the military in disguise, see the notes to "The Soldier Maid." - RBW
One of Guigne's texts is a verse from a Newfoundland version collected by the Fudges during the 1960s. - BS
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