“Bonnie Annie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1827 (reported by Lloyd)
Keywords: seduction sea death storm childbirth pregnancy bastard
Found in: Britain(England,Scotland) US(NE)

Description

A ship's captain seduces (Annie) and takes her to sea with him. The ship they are sailing is caught in a storm which will not die down. (The crew) decides that Annie is the guilty party and throws her overboard. (The captain may order her rescue)

Notes

In the Vaughan Williams/Lloyd version, the sailor Johnny has persuaded the girl to steal her mother's money and run away to sea with him. When she has his baby, he (not the crew) throws her overboard, along with her baby. - PJS

References

  1. Child 24, "Bonnie Annie" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 24, "Bonnie Annie" (18 versions)
  3. OBB 20, "Bonnie Annie" (1 text)
  4. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 15, "The Banks of Green Willow" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #2}
  5. DBuchan 45, "Bonnie Annie" (1 text)
  6. DT 24, GREWILLO* BONNYANN*
  7. Roud #172
  8. BI, C024