“The Beverly Maid and the Tinker (The Tinker Behind the Door)”


A tinker comes to sell a servant girl a pen. The gentleman being out, the tinker "got this maid behind the door and gently laid her on the floor." She gives him 20 guineas and invites him back. Soon his gold is gone and he has to do as he'd done before.


  • Bodleian, Harding B 25(186), "Beverley Maid and the Tinker," T. Birt (London), 1828-1829; also Firth b.34(21), Harding B 11(1529), "[The] Beverley Maid, and the Tinker[!]"; Firth b.26(33), 2806 c.18(29), 2806 c.17(30), Firth b.34(24), Johnson Ballads 163, "The Beverly Maid and the Tinker"; Harding B 11(3317), "The Tinker and the Chambermaid"
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:090, "The Glasgow Maid and the Tinker," unknown, 19C


  1. Peacock, pp. 318-319, "The Tinker Behind the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #585
  4. BI, Pea318


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1830 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(186))
Found in: Canada(Newf)