“The Duke of Buckingham's Hounds”


The (Duke of Buckingham) goes out to hunt fox with his good hounds. The names of the hounds are given. The fox cleverly crosses the water. One old hound at last catches the fox. All rejoice at its fate

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Duke of Buckingham's Hounds, The
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(The Bardy Train)

From Louis W. Chappell, _Folk-Songs of Roanoke and the Albemarle_,
#102B, pp. 177-178. Collected in 1924 from Columbus Hooker of
East Lake, NC.

Monday morning
I heard the huntsman say:
Come along, boys,
And let's go hunting.

I have hounds of my own
Just as good as ever was known,
And I don't think his dogs
Must have heard him.

Shrewd fox has done and crossed the water,
All by running fast
He beat poor Rattler at last.

There was one old cunning hound,
He run the poor fox down,
By roasting him bright and early
In the morning.

(Stanzas 1, 2, 6, 8 of 10 irregular verses)


I have no idea why Chappell's texts are titled "The Bardy Train"; that phrase does not appear in either text. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 218, "The Duke of Buckingham" (1 fragment)
  2. Chappell-FSRA 102, "The Bardy Train" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
  3. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 352-353, "A Fox Chase" (1 text)
  4. BBI, ZN75, "The Fox-Chace... Duke of Buckingham's Hounds"
  5. ST Br3218 (Partial)
  6. Roud #584
  7. BI, Br3218


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Chappell; there is an undated broadside in the Roxburghe collection)
Found in: Britain(England) US(SE)