“Mossie and His Mare”


"Oh, Mossie was a cunning man, A little mare did buy; For winking and for jinking There was few could come her nigh." After telling how Mossie captures her, various folks are warned against bad behavior; they will be punished "as Mossie catch'd his mare."


The keyword "Jacobite" may be strange for this song, but Ford's text, after warning "gilpy lasses," "crafty ale wives," "lousy tailors," and "pettyfoggers," turns its attention to "A' ye Whigs about the land, Wha deny our lawfu' King." - RBW


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 39-42, "Mossie and His Mare" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #234, p. 152, "(Moss was a little man, and a little mare did buy)"
  3. Roud #6104
  4. BI, FVS39


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)