White Hare, The
DESCRIPTION: Near Oldham town lived an old white hare that has escaped beagles and greyhounds. Jim Smith or Jemmy the huntsman and Tom the whipper-in take out horsemen and beagles to hunt this hare. "There was twenty good beagles that caused this hare to die"
EARLIEST DATE: 1891 (Kidson-TraditionalTunes)
KEYWORDS: death hunting animal dog horse
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Kidson-TraditionalTunes, pp. 139-140, "The White Hare" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart2 57, "The White Hare" (1 text, 1 tune)
Joseph Taylor, "The White Hare" (on Voice18)
Bodleian, Harding B 16(306a), "White Hare," unknown, n.d.; also Harding B 11(3425), Firth c.19(105), Harding B 11(1725), "White Hare"
cf. "The Creggan White Hare" (subject)
cf. "The Innocent Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The Hare of Kilgrain" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The Granemore Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The White Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
NOTES [23 words]: The town in the Bodleian broadsides is Maxfield or Maxwell. Oldham is in Lancashire, England. I don't know about Maxwell or Maxfield. - BS
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