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Silvery Tide, The

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Alternative title: Mary and the Silvery Tide

Performer: Baughan, Thomas
Place Collected: South Cerney
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 561

This gloomy story of unrequited love and murder can be traced back to 19th century broadsides and has been collected frequently on both sides of the Atlantic. It seems to have persisted longer in Canada and Ireland than in England.

For a Gloucestershire version with a tune, see


Notes by Gwilym Davies 23 August 2015