“James and Flora (Flora and Jim, The United Lovers)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1863 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.12(254))
Keywords: courting marriage ring promise cross-dressing sea ship brokentoken lover sailor money reunion disguise
Found in: Canada(Newf)


Flora asks James to leave sailing. He won't. She breaks a ring and gives half to him. She dresses as a sailor and follows him until he is discharged. She tells the captain the story. The captain gives them gold to get married.

Cross references



  1. Peacock, pp. 190-191, "Flora and Jim" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1701
  3. BI, Pea190