“The Lady Leroy”


A girl and her lover want to escape her father. She disguises herself and buys the Lady Leroy from her father. The father sends a ship to intercept them, but the girl captures her father's ship and sends it home. She and her lover continue on their way


The LC recordings are a bit of a mess. The one identified as "The Fair Captive" has numbers listed as AFS 4205 A1 and A2, but clicking on any of the audio links brings down only A2, which is definitely "Lady Leroy" or a fragment thereof. The listing under "The Lady Leroy," on the other hand, has a full version, 4205 B1, plus the same fragment, which is really the last verse of "The Lady Leroy." "The Fair Captive" is actually recorded, in full, on AFS 4201 B1. Got that? - PJS


  • Warde Ford, "Lady Leroy" (AFS 4205 B1 and 4205 A2 [last verse], 1938; tr.; in AMMEM/Cowell); "The Fair Captive [wrong title, fragment]" (AFS 4205 A2, 1938; in AMMEM/Cowell)


  1. Laws N5, "The Lady Leroy"
  2. Belden, pp. 180-182, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
  3. FSCatskills 58, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Flanders/Brown, pp. 137-138, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Dean, pp. 33-34, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
  6. Gardner/Chickering 63, "Lady Leroy" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
  7. JHCox 118, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text)
  8. SharpAp 155, "Sally and Her Lover, or Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. SHenry H214, pp. 445-446, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Greenleaf/Mansfield 111, "The Lady Uri" (1 text)
  11. Peacock, pp. 208-209, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Leach-Labrador 25, "The Lady Leroy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. Roud #1889
  15. BI, LN05


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection); +1895 (JAFL8)
Keywords: love escape disguise ship
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,So) Canada(Ont,Newf) Ireland