“Caroline of Edinborough Town”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3065))
Keywords: courting elopement abuse abandonment separation suicide
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE,So) Britain(Scotland) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland

Description

Caroline's parents do not approve of her suitor Henry, so the two of them run off to London to be married. It is not long before her husband grows sick of her, abuses her, and goes off to sea. After some wandering, she drowns herself in the sea

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws P27, "Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (Laws gives a broadside text on pp. 91-92 of ABFBB)
  2. Randolph 50, "Caroline of Edinborough Town" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Eddy 59, "Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (1 text)
  4. Gardner/Chickering 13, "Caroline of Edinburg (sic.) Town" (1 text)
  5. Dean, p. 53, "Caroline of Edinburg Town" (1 text)
  6. Linscott, pp. 183-185, "Caroline of Edinboro Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. SharpAp 69, "Caroline of Edinboro' Town" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  8. Lehr/Best 16, "Caroline from Edinboro Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Mackenzie 28, "Caroline of Edinboro Town" (1 text)
  10. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 99-100, "Caroline of Edinborough Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. SHenry H148, pp. 411-412, "Blooming Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Morton-Maguire 28, pp. 70-71,115,167-168, "Blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. JHCox 112, "Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
  14. JHCoxIIA, #19, pp. 81-82, "Fair Caroline" (1 text, 1 tune)
  15. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 137-141, "Lovely Caroline" (1 text plus portions of another, 1 tune)
  16. BrownII 124, "Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (1 text plus 1 excerpt)
  17. Chappell-FSRA 51, "Henry Was a High-Learnt Man" (1 text, in which "Edinborough" becomes "Winton Goldburg"!)
  18. Hudson 31, pp. 143-145, "Edinburgh Town" (1 text)
  19. Ord, pp. 186-187, "Blooming Caroline o' Edinburgh Town" (1 text)
  20. MacSeegTrav 51, "Caroline of Edinburgh Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  21. Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan 29, "Edinburgh Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  22. DT 342, CAROEDIN* CAROEDN2*
  23. Roud #398
  24. BI, LP27