Lady Leroy, The [Laws N5]

DESCRIPTION: A girl and her lover want to escape her father. She disguises herself and buys the Lady Leroy from her father. The father sends a ship to intercept them, but the girl captures her father's ship and sends it home. She and her lover continue on their way
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection); +1895 (JAFL8)
KEYWORDS: love escape disguise ship
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,So) Canada(Newf,Ont) Ireland
REFERENCES (18 citations):
Laws N5, "The Lady Leroy"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 180-182, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 58, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shoemaker-MountainMinstrelsyOfPennsylvania, pp. 72-73, "Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thompson-BodyBootsAndBritches-NewYorkStateFolktales, pp. 399-400, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
Flanders/Brown-VermontFolkSongsAndBallads, pp. 137-138, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lane/Gosbee-SongsOfShipsAndSailors, pp. 92-93, "Fair Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dean-FlyingCloud, pp. 33-34, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 63, "Lady Leroy" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
Stout-FolkloreFromIowa 24, pp. 32-33, "Lady Leroy" (1 text)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 118, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 155, "Sally and Her Lover, or Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H214, pp. 445-446, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 111, "The Lady Uri" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 208-209, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast 25, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-TraditionalSingersAndSongsFromOntario 39, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1889
Warde Ford, "Lady Leroy" (AFS 4205 B1 and 4205 A2 [last verse], 1938; tr.; in AMMEM/Cowell); "The Fair Captive [wrong title, fragment]" (AFS 4205 A2, 1938; in AMMEM/Cowell)
NOTES [79 words]: The LC recordings are a bit of a mess. The one identified as "The Fair Captive" has numbers listed as AFS 4205 A1 and A2, but clicking on any of the audio links brings down only A2, which is definitely "Lady Leroy" or a fragment thereof. The listing under "The Lady Leroy," on the other hand, has a full version, 4205 B1, plus the same fragment, which is really the last verse of "The Lady Leroy." "The Fair Captive" is actually recorded, in full, on AFS 4201 B1. Got that? - PJS
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