Factor's Garland, The [Laws Q37]
DESCRIPTION: The factor shows his kindness by paying for a dead man's burial and paying the fee of a girl who would otherwise be hanged. It is eventually revealed that the girl is a king's daughter. After many complex adventures, he marries the girl; they have a son
EARLIEST DATE: 1725 (A Collection of Old Ballads Vol III)
KEYWORDS: rescue marriage money royalty
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(NE,SE,So)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Laws Q37, "The Factor's Garland"
Greig #120, pp. 1-2, "The Factor's Garland" (1 text)
GreigDuncan5 1062, "The Factor's Garland" (2 texts)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 154-162, "The Factor's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Brown, pp. 81-82, "The Factor's Garland" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownII 60, "The Turkish Factor" (1 text)
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 268-271, "The Turkey Factor in Foreign Parts" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "The Factor's Garland" (source notes only)
DT 545, FACTRSNG
ADDITIONAL: [Ambrose Phillips?,] A Collection of Old Ballads Vol III, (London, 1725), #41, pp. 221-228, "The Factor's Garland"
Bodleian, Harding B 1(61), "The Turkey Factor" ("Behold here is a ditty, 'tis true and no jest"), J. Evans (London), 1780-1812; also Harding B 1(62), "The Turkey Factor"
cf. "The Wand'ring Lady" (tune, per _A Collection of Old Ballads Vol III_)
NOTES: There may be a slight hint in here of the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical book of Tobit, which is also motivated by the generosity of the hero in burying the dead. But, if so, it's come a long way. - RBW
re A Collection of Old Ballads Vol III: Ambrose Philips, whose name does not appear in the text is the editor, according to Google Books. The New York Public Library catalog says "Compilation usually attributed to Ambrose Philips." - BS
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