Rufford Park Poachers
DESCRIPTION: Forty poachers go out together because "they'd often been attacked when the number it was less." They believe that all game "was sent on earth for ev'ry one quite equal for to share." Keepers attack but are routed by the poachers
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (Taylor, according to OShaughnessy-Lincolnshire; the EFDSS item noted below)
KEYWORDS: fight poaching hunting
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
OShaughnessy-Lincolnshire 13, "Rufford Park Poachers" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Taylor, EFDSS Archives COL/2/39B, "Rufford Park Poachers" accessed 31 December 2012 from http://library.efdss.org/archives/cgi-bin/search.cgi.
NOTES: O'Shaughnessy: "Mr Taylor could remember only three stanzas, nos. 2, 1 and 5, and sang them in that order [that agrees with the EFDSS cited above]. All three have been slightly amended here. As no other version of "Rufford Park Poachjers" has so far come to light, the song has been augmented with stanzas composed by the editor." The description is based on the ESDSS text. - BS
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