“The Bonny Bunch of Roses”

Alternate titles: “Bold Blucher”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes); c.1830 (Zimmermann)
Keywords: Napoleon dialog family political war Russia
Found in: US(MA,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(Lond),Scotland) Ireland

Description

Young Napoleon promises his mother that he will capture "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (Great Britain). She warns him of his father's disaster in Russia and of the strength of the British. They sorrowfully prepare for the lad's death.

Notes

Zimmermann: "The bunch of roses is usually said to symbolize England, Scotland, and Ireland, or the red coats of the English soldiers. In a ballad printed both in England and in Ireland, 'The Grand Conversation on Napoleon', we find the lines: 'The bunch of roses did advance And boldly entered into France,' alluding to Napoleon's enemies after Waterloo."

The ballad is recorded on one of the CD's issued around the time of the bicentenial of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. See:

Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (on Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte," Hummingbird Records HBCD0027 (2001))

The probable recording date and id for Hayward's record is provided by Bill Dean-Myatt, MPhil. compiler of the Scottish National Discography. - BS

Historical references

Same tune

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws J5, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses"
  2. Greenleaf/Mansfield 84, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 68, "Bonny Bunch of Roses O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Warner 3, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Scott-BoA, pp. 105-107, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 202-203, "Bonny Bunch of Roses, O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Hodgart, p. 200, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text)
  8. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 207-209, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. OLochlainn 16, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Zimmermann 32B, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses, O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Moylan 184, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 17-18, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text)
  13. Ord, pp. 301-302, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text)
  14. MacSeegTrav 85, "The Bonnie Bunch of Roses" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  15. Peacock, pp. 988-989, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  16. Mackenzie 72, "The Bonnie Bunch of Roses" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  17. O'Conor, p. 127, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (1 text)
  18. DT 392, BONBUNCH* BONBUNC2
  19. ADDITIONAL: Richard Hayward, Ireland Calling (Glasgow,n.d.), pp. 18-19, "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (text, music and reference to Regal Zonophone recording [probably Regal Zono MR-2830 recorded ca. May 1938])
  20. Roud #664
  21. BI, LJ05