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Posted By: Steve Gardham
14-Jun-19 - 05:55 PM
Thread Name: Nancy of London (John Faulkner version?)
Subject: RE: Nancy of London (John Faulkner version?)
The version we published in 'Southern Harvest' is a composite of 4 different versions from Hampshire and Dorset. The tune is from Mrs Tuck, first stanza Daniel Wigg, the next 5 from Robert Barratt and the last 2 from Joseph Elliott. Elliott's last stanza is not in any of the broadsides and in fact only occurs in eastern seaboard Canadian versions. As Tim quite rightly says he must have picked up his version when he went fishing off Newfoundland.

I mentioned the first and last stanzas of the earliest broadside as not being found in later versions but in reality the picture is much more complex. The first stanza is found in 3 English versions and more Canadian ones but the last stanza of the early broadside only is found in Canadian (+Elliott's) versions. Even by 1800 a wide variety of titles was being used on broadsides and the sequencing of stanzas was beginning to vary suggesting at least some of those versions had come from oral tradition. Copying from print to print rarely results in different sequencing.

Do ask any questions otherwise I'll leave it at that.