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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
14-May-16 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Subject: RE: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Version O. "It's of a Farmer" was collected from an unknown informant in Herts in 1913 by R. V. Williams. It was later published in Palmer's, Everyman's Book of English Country Songs.

The text - from the edition republished in 2008 as the English Country Songbook - says it was collected by Vaughan Williams in Herefordshire.

Sources and Notes 59 It's of a Farmer
Sung by an unnamed singer, Poolend, Ashperton, Hertfordshire; collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, September, 1913 (MS 8vo E 5).

Poolend is in Herefordshire. It lies between Hereford and Ledbury, where Roy Palmer was a resident for some years.