“Jack Williams”


Jack Williams, a boatman, meets a fine young girl. He turns to robbery to support her. He is captured and sent to prison; she scorns him, saying "I hate thievish company." He is sentenced (to transportation/execution) (but escapes and vows to avoid women)


  • Bodleian, Harding B 28(223), "The Boatman" ("I am a boatman by my trade, Jack Williams is my name"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also 2806 c.17(48), "The Boatman"; Harding B 11(351), Harding B 11(734), Harding B 25(229), Harding B 11(1414), "The Boatsman"; Harding B 25(949), "Jack Williams, the Boatman"; Harding B 11(3265), "Jack Williams the Boatswain," Harding B 11(978), Harding B 20(268), Harding B 28(241), Harding B 11(1850), "Jack Williams"


  1. Laws L17, "Jack Williams"
  2. Mackenzie 114, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  3. Eddy 62, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  4. Gardner/Chickering 136, "Jack Williams" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. LPound-ABS, 67, pp. 152-153, "Jack Williams" (1 text)
  6. DT 572, JCKWLLM
  7. Roud #1906
  8. BI, LL17


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916
Found in: US(MW) Britain(England) Canada(Mar)