Poacher's Fate, The [Laws L14]

DESCRIPTION: (Six) young men go out hunting. They are met by a gamekeeper, who vows to shoot one of them to end their depredations. The keeper fatally wounds "the bravest lad."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1842 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.34(118))
KEYWORDS: death poaching punishment
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland,England(South)) US(MW,NE) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Laws L14, "The Poacher's Fate"
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 248, "The Gallant Poacher" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 576, "Gallant Poacher" (1 text)
Kidson-TraditionalTunes, p. 134, ("Come all you lads of high renown") (1 fragment)
OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart2 37, "The Poacher" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, "Lads of High Renown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #4, "The Gallant Poachers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scarborough-ASongCatcherInSouthernMountains, pp. 351-352, "The Poacher's Fate" (1 text; tune on p. 451)

Roud #793
Walter Pardon, "The Poachers' Fate" (on Voice18)
Bodleian, Firth b.34(118), "Gallant Poacher" ("Come all you lads of high renoun"), Birt (London), 1833-1841; also Harding B 11(325), Harding B 11(3853), Firth c.19(49), "[The] Gallant Poacher"; Johnson Ballads 1394, "Gallant Poachers"
Murray, Mu23-y4:020, "Gallant Poachers," unknown, 19C

cf. "Keepers and Poachers" (plot)
File: LL14

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