“The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington”

Alternate titles: “The Comely Youth”; “Nancy the Bailiff's Daughter”; “True Love Requited”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1731 (ballad opera, "The Jovial Crew"); before 1697 (broadside, Bodleian Douce Ballads 2(230a))
Keywords: love separation disguise apprentice
Found in: Britain(England(All),Scotland(Aber,Hebr)) US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland

Description

A youth is in love with the Bailiff's daughter. He is apprenticed in London for seven years. At last she disguises herself to see if he is still true. They meet; he asks of his love. She says she is dead; he grieves; she reveals herself

Notes

The 1731 date is for the tune, but the the broadside, ZN2549, was published by Phillip Brooksby sometime between 1683 and 1696. - WBO

Same tune

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Child 105, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 105, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (35 versions+4 in addenda)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 225-227, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  4. Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 135-137, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  5. Davis-Ballads 28, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune) {Bronson's #25}
  6. Belden, pp. 68-69, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #6}
  7. Hudson 18, pp. 114-116, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  8. Flanders/Olney, pp. 41-42, (no title) (2 excerpts which the editors apparently regard as part of "The Bailiff's Daughter")
  9. Flanders-Ancient3, pp. 67-75, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (2 texts plus 2 fragments, 4 tunes, two of the tunes being from the same informant and used for the same text, with some of the differences being perhaps transcribers' variants) {A(1)=Bronson's #31b, A(2)=#31a, B=#23}
  10. Linscott, pp. 160-162, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text, 1 tune) {cf. Bronson's #24, seemingly the source for the tune printed}
  11. Creighton/Senior, pp. 58-62, "The Bailiff's Daugher of Islington" (3 texts, 3 tunes) {Bronson's #19, #20, #18}
  12. Greenleaf/Mansfield 14, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 fragment)
  13. Karpeles-Newfoundland 15, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. Leach, pp. 313-315, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (2 texts, but the second of these looks more like a George/John Riley text)
  15. Friedman, p. 140, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text, 1 tune)
  16. OBB 162, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  17. SharpAp 30, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (2 texts, 2 tunes){Bronson's #3, #5}
  18. Hodgart, p. 67, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  19. Chappell/Wooldridge II, p. 159, "The Bailiff's Daughter" (1 tune, partial text) {Bronson's #16}
  20. Darling-NAS, pp. 73-75, "The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington" (1 text)
  21. Silber-FSWB, p. 219, "Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" (1 text)
  22. BBI, ZN2549, "There was a youth, and a well belov'd youth"
  23. DT 105, BAILDAUG*
  24. Roud #483
  25. BI, C105