Alderman's Lady, The
DESCRIPTION: An elderman promises a girl gifts in exchange for her love. She rejects him because he might reject her and their baby. He promises that he would take her to her mother and smother the baby. She refuses and he marries her.
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Reeves-Sharp)
KEYWORDS: marriage sex mother
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Reeves-Sharp 2, "An Alderman's Lady" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 783-784, "The Elderman's Lady" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 524, "Alderman and His Servant" (1 text)
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #103, "The Witty Lass of London" (1 text, 1 tune)
Freeman Bennett, "The Elderman's Lady" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Charlotte Decker, "The Elderman's Lady" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
cf. "A Nobleman" (plot)
NOTES: Peacock points out that "elderman" may be "alderman" [so, in fact, several British versions - RBW] and that "in former times aldermen had much higher rank than they do nowadays and were often governors of whole districts or members of nobility." - BS
To back this up, "alderman" is derived from Old English "ealdorman," not related to Old English eorl="earl" but often confused with it; an ealdorman was a local governor or viceroy.
Roud lumps this with "A Nobleman," and certainly the plots are similar. They feel different to me, and so I've separated them, but that may just be a matter of English versus Scottish versions. - RBW
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