Undaunted Female, The (The Box Upon Her Head; The Staffordshire Maid; The Maid and the Robber) [Laws L3]

DESCRIPTION: A servant girl sets out for home to help her father. She meets a robber and kills him. She meets another stranger who returns with her to the body. They find a whistle which summons more robbers. Girl and stranger dispose of them and agree to marry
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.17(446))
KEYWORDS: outlaw marriage
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar) Britain(England(All),Scotland(Aber,Bord)) US(Ro)
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Laws L3, "The Undaunted Female"
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #35, p. 2, "The Maid and the Robber" (1 text)
Greig/Duncan2 268, "The Maid and the Robber" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume1 56, "A Yarmouth Story" (1 text)
Williams-FolkSongsOfTheUpperThames, pp. 280-281, "It's of a Pretty Fair Maid" (1 text) (also Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 293, "Female Robber")
Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs, pp. 60-61, "The Beautiful Damsel" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #46, "The Box Upon Her Head" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #144, "The Undaunted Female" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 130, "The Box Upon Her Head" (1 text)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #143, "The Fair Damsel from London" (1 text, 1 tune)
Olson-BroadsideBalladIndex, ZN514, "Come all ye young gallants and listen a while" (?)

Roud #289
Bodleian, 2806 c.17(446), "The Undaunted Female" ("It's of a fair damsel in London did dwell"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 11(3939), Firth c.17(22), Firth c.17(23), Johnson Ballads 610, Firth b.25(41/42), Johnson Ballads 3154, Firth c.26(47), Harding B 11(3940), Harding B 11(3934), Harding B 11(3935), Harding B 11(3941), Harding B 11(3937), Harding B 11(3936), Harding B 16(292c), 2806 d.31(40), 2806 c.17(448), 2806 c.17(447), Harding B 20(229), Harding B 25(1962), "The Undaunted Female"; Harding B 1(99), "The Tinker and Stafforshire Maid" ("Come all you bold Britons and listen awhile"), J. Jennings (London), 1790-1840
Murray, Mu23-y1:052, "The Undaunted Female," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C

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