Richard (Irchard) of Taunton Dean
DESCRIPTION: Herchard/Irchard/Richard courts Miss Jane, saying, "I can reap and I can mow..." and earn his ninepence every day. She replies that she needs silks and satins. He perseveres, saying he has pigs and will inherit more if they marry; she consents
EARLIEST DATE: 1846 (Dixon-Peasantry); before 1830 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 17(254a))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage bargaining farming
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Dixon-Peasantry, Song #19, pp. 201-203,247-250, "Richard of Taunton Dean, or Dumble dum deary"; pp. 247-249, "Dicky of Ballyman, (Irish version of Dumble dum deary)" (2 texts)
Bell-Combined, pp. 369-373, "Richard of Taunton Dean" (1 text plus a text of "Dicky of Ballyman" in the noted)
Greig #163, p. 1, "The Minister's Daughter Jean," "The Parson's Daughter Jean" (2 texts)
GreigDuncan4 821, "The Minister's Daughter Jean" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Broadwood/Maitland, pp. 166-167, "Young Herchard" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 386, "Dick of Taunton Dene" (1 text)
ST RcIOTD (Full)
Aunt Fanny Rumble, "Richard of Taunton Dean" (on Lomax41, LomaxCD1741)
Tony Wales, "Richard of Taunton Dean" (on TWales1)
Bodleian, Harding B 17(254a), "Richard of Taunton Dean" ("Last new year's day, as I have heard"), T. Birt (London), 1828-1829; also Harding B 11(1343), "Richard of Taunton"; Harding B 25(1617), Harding B 17(253b), Harding B 11(3271), Harding B 25(1619)[mostly illegible], "Richard of Taunton Dean"
cf. "Lucindy, Won't You Marry Me?"
On New Year's Day
Dick of Taunton Dean
NOTES: Greig: "Version A ["The Minister's Daughter Jean"] retains the English style and language, while B ["The Parson's Daughter Jean"] shows the Scotticising process."
Without exception, the GreigDuncan4 and Bodleian texts have Richard rejected (broadside Bodleian Harding B 17(254a): "Dick's compliments were so polite, That all the family laughed outright; So when he had no more to say, He mounted old Dobbin and rode away"; GreigDuncan 821C ends "Your answer, Jean, is quite a treat I'm happy for once at my defeat If this be all you've got to say I'll bid you goodnight for I must away.")
From an undated flier "English Folk-Songs given by the London Glee Singers" [with words to the song]: "An old Somersetshire Folk-Song dating probably from 1716." From The Library of Congress American Memory Courtesy of the Special Collections Department, University of Iowa Libraries. Search on the flier title as shown here. - BS
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