Mary Ambree

DESCRIPTION: Mary disguises herself to join her lover's regiment. When he is slain, she becomes an officer. She leads her men bravely, but is at last captured when her supply officer betrays her. Threatened with death by the enemy, she reveals her sex and is spared
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1765 (Percy; alluded to by Ben Johnson, 1609)
KEYWORDS: war cross-dressing disguise battle reprieve
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REFERENCES (4 citations):
Percy/Wheatley II, pp. 232-237, "Mary Ambree" (2 text, one from the Folio manuscript and one touched up by Percy for the _Reliques_)
Bell-Combined, pp. 158-161, "Mary Ambree" (1 text)
OBB 165, "Mary Ambree" (1 text)
BBI, ZN468, "Captains courageous"; ZN2826, "When captains courageous, whom death could not daunt"

ST OBB165 (Partial)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Female Warrior (Pretty Polly)" [Laws N4] (plot: lover becomes officer)
cf. "On the First of November" (plot: lover becomes officer)
cf. "The Blind Beggar's Daughter of Bednall Green" [Laws N27] (tune)
SAME TUNE:
The Blind Beggar's Daughter of Bednall Green [Laws N27] (File: LN27)
NOTES: "The Female Warrior" and "Mary Ambree" have many points of similarity; I was tempted to classify them as the same ballad. Since, however, the former involves the navy and the latter the army, I have kept them separate. - RBW
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