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Sailor and the Farmer's Daughter, The

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Performer: Pillinger, John
Place Collected: Lechlade
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 993

English balladry is full of accounts of cruel parents, and class snobbery.  This song is one of that genre and goes back at least 2 centuries.  Its spread in England is confined to the southern counties, but it has also been found in Canada and occasionally Ireland and the USA.

For a Gloucestershire tune to this song, see


Notes by Gwilym Davies 9 April 2016