“Peter Wheeler”


Peter Wheeler comes to "this foreign shore, He lived close by little Annie's door" in Nova Scotia. He asks Anne to marry and she refuses again. He clubs her and cuts her throat. He is convicted, gives us good advice and bids us "a last good-night"

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Peter Wheeler
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From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick,
#9091 pp. 1191-193. Collected from William Ireland, Elgin, N.B.

It was in the early, the early spring,
Before the little small birds began to sing,
In a village close down by the way
A fair girl's life had passed away.

It was on this Nova Scotia shore
This fair one lived with plenty more,
But at this time she was all alone
Her parents being away from home.

Now Peter Wheeler was a man
Who from his native country ran,
And he landed on this foreign shore,
He lived close by little Annie's door.

(Stanzas 1-3 of 15)

Historical references

  • 1895 - Anne Kempton murdered by Peter Wheeler at Bear River, Digby County (source: Mackenzie; Creighton says 1896)

Cross references


  1. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 91, "Peter Wheeler" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrSNB091 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2770
  4. BI, CrSNB091


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
Found in: Canada(Mar)