“The Lost Lady Found”


A young lady is carried off by gypsies. Her uncle, who is her guardian, is convicted of murdering her. Her lover follows her to Dublin and tells her of her uncle's plight. They return to England, and the uncle's life is saved


In reply to the charge of abduction in this piece, Kennedy writes, "While it is quite likely that some ladies of quality... did run off with the gipsies, it is not proven that abductions of 'giorgio' women ever occurred. As to the charge that gipsies are child stealers, they usually have too many children of their own to bother about increasing their problems." - RBW


  • Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 5, "The Lost Lady Found," T. Batchelar (London) , 1828-1832; also 2806 c.17(241), Harding B 15(177b), 2806 c.16(128), Harding B 11(3803), Firth b.26(375), Firth b.34(114), Firth c.18(167), Harding B 11(2222), Harding B 11(266), "[The] Lost Lady Found"; Harding B 11(1445), "The Gypsies" or "The Lost Lady Found"


  1. Laws Q31, "The Lost Lady Found"
  2. FSCatskills 63, "The Lost Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Kennedy 347, "The Lost Lady Found" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Mackenzie 24, "The Lost Lady Found" (1 text)
  5. DT 539, LOSTLADY
  6. Roud #901
  7. BI, LQ31


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1833 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads 5)
Found in: Canada(Mar) Britain(England(South,West)) US(MA,NE)