“The Poacher's Fate”


(Six) young men go out hunting. They are met by a gamekeeper, who vows to shoot one of them to end their depredations. The keeper fatally wounds "the bravest lad."

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Firth b.34(118), "Gallant Poacher" ("Come all you lads of high renoun"), Birt (London), 1833-1841; also Harding B 11(325), Harding B 11(3853), Firth c.19(49), "[The] Gallant Poacher"; Johnson Ballads 1394, "Gallant Poachers"
  • Murray, Mu23-y4:020, "Gallant Poachers," unknown, 19C


  • Walter Pardon, "The Poachers' Fate" (on Voice18)


  1. Laws L14, "The Poacher's Fate"
  2. Kennedy 248, "The Gallant Poacher" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 351-352, "The Poacher's Fate" (1 text; tune on p. 451)
  4. DT 351, POACHERF
  5. Roud #793
  6. BI, LL14


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1842 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.34(118))
Found in: Britain(Scotland,England) US(MW,NE) Canada(Mar)