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The Northamptonshire Poacher

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Performer: Bishop, Emily
Place Collected: Bromsberrow Heath
Date collected: 1956-1957
Collector: Wortley, Russell
Roud Number: 299

Most English people will know the song “The Lincolnshire Poacher” with its jaunty tune which has passed into popular psyche. However, in living tradition, Lincolnshire is only one of the locations ascribed to this particular poacher, and Northamptonshire, Somerset(shire), Yorkshire and Gloucestershire have all featured. In fact, on printed broadsides, Northamptonshire comes out top. In oral tradition it has been found only in England. Mr Brazil’s is incomplete but has a distinctive Mixolydian tune, as does Mr Ballinger’s tune.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 25 March 2015