Gray Mare, The [Laws P8]

DESCRIPTION: The miller gains Kate's love and is offered a large dowry. He also demands her father's gray mare. The father turns him out of the house for asking too much. When he later meets Kate, she tells him she wants no part of the man who preferred a mare to her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(45))
KEYWORDS: courting dowry marriage
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,NE,Ro) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(Scotland,England(North,West),Wales) Ireland
REFERENCES (23 citations):
Laws P8, "The Gray Mare"
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #67, p. 2, ("Rodger the miller came a-courting of late") (1 fragment)
Greig/Duncan4 761, "Roger the Miller" (2 texts)
Kidson-TraditionalTunes, pp. 79-81, "The Grey Mare" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Bush-FSofCentralWestVirginiaVol2, pp. 59-62, "Young Jimmy, the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 235-236, "The Gray Mare" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
Eddy-BalladsAndSongsFromOhio 63, "Young Rogers, The Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 160, "My Father's Gray Mare" (1 text)
List-SingingAboutIt-FolkSongsInSouthernIndiana, pp. 230-231, "John Roger, the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #49, "Courting My Father's Gray Mare" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 26, "Rogers the Miller" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 278-279, "The Gray Mare" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ives-FolksongsOfNewBrunswick, pp. 53-56, "Roger the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-FolksongsFromSouthernNewBrunswick 79, "Roger the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manny/Wilson-SongsOfMiramichi 89, "Roger the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-TreasuryOfSouthernFolklore, p. 718, "Young Rogers the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H90, pp. 365-366, "The Grey Mare" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 144, "Young Roger Esquire" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pound-AmericanBalladsAndSongs, 34, p. 80, "My Father's Gray Mare" (1 text)
Flanders/Brown-VermontFolkSongsAndBallads, pp. 62-64, "Gay Jemmie, The Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Coleman/Bregman-SongsOfAmericanFolks, pp. 14-15, "Gay Jemmie, the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 339, GREYMARE*
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 40, #2 (1995), pp, 104-105, "John Roger the Miller" (1 text, 1 tune, from the singing of John W. Collier)

Roud #680
RECORDINGS:
Bob Atcher, "Young Rogers the Miller" (Columbia 20483, 1948)
Everett Bennett, "The Gray Mare" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Ollie Conway, "The Grey Mare" (on IROConway01)
Mike Kent, "Old Grey Mare" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Stanley McDonald, "Roger the Miller" (on Miramichi1)
Phil Tanner, "Young Roger Esquire" (on FSBFTX13)
May Whalen, "The Grey Mare" (on MUNFLA/Leach)

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 28(45), "The Farmer's Grey Mare" ("Young Roger the miller, went a courting of late"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 25(1647), "Roger the Miller"; Harding B 11(1435), Harding B 11(1434), "Grey Mare"; Harding B 25(1645), 2806 c.16(50), "Roger the Miller and the Grey Mare"; Harding B 16(316b), Firth c.18(216), "Young Roger and the Gray Mare"; Harding B 11(4390), "Young Roger and the Grey Mare "
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Young Jimmy the Miller
Young Johnny the Miller
Tid the Gray Mare
File: LP08

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