“The Bold Fisherman”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3114))
Keywords: fishing marriage courting money
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(Lond))


The fisherman comes to court the lady. Having tied up his boat, he takes her hand and removes his coat. This reveals three golden chains. Seeing that he is rich, the lady asks forgiveness for calling him a fisherman. The two go home and are married




  1. Laws O24, "The Bold Fisherman"
  2. Flanders/Olney, pp. 218-219, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton/Senior, pp. 112-114, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 603-604, "The Young Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Leach, pp. 692-693, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text)
  6. PBB, "The Royal Fisherman" (1 text)
  7. Sharp-100E 42, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. DT 483, FISHBOLD*
  9. Roud #291
  10. BI, LO24