“A Gentleman of Exeter (The Perjured Maid)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1896 (A. W. Moore _Manx Ballads and Music_)
Keywords: courting infidelity marriage death ghost
Found in: US(Ap,NE) Canada(Mar)


A girl and a captain fall in love and vow to be true. After he sails away, though, she turns to another man. When the captain returns, she scorns him. He dies on the day of her wedding. That night he appears as a ghost and carries her away with him

Cross references


  1. Laws P32, "A Gentleman of Exeter (A Perjured Maid)"
  2. SharpAp 130, "The Noble Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 66, "The Oxfordshire Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. BBI, ZN2418, "Susan a Merchants Daughter dear"; cf. ZN789, "Disloyal lovers listen now"
  5. DT 510, GENTEXTR*
  6. Roud #997
  7. BI, LP32