Gentleman of Exeter, A (The Perjured Maid) [Laws P32]
DESCRIPTION: A girl and a captain fall in love and vow to be true. After he sails away, though, she turns to another man. When the captain returns, she scorns him. He dies on the day of her wedding. That night he appears as a ghost and carries her away with him
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity marriage death ghost
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Bord)) US(Ap,NE) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Laws P32, "A Gentleman of Exeter (A Perjured Maid)"
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #100, "Hurricane Wind" (1 text, 1 tune, with the plot confused)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 119, "The Faithfu' Sea Captain" (1 text)
SharpAp 130, "The Noble Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 5-7, "A Gentleman of Exeter" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 66, "The Oxfordshire Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
BBI, ZN2418, "Susan a Merchants Daughter dear"; cf. ZN789, "Disloyal lovers listen now"
DT 510, GENTEXTR*
cf. "Susannah Clargy" [Laws P33] (plot)
cf. "The Ghost's Bride" (plot)
cf. "Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogene" (plot)
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