“The Bold Poachers”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1862 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.19(47))
Keywords: violence crime execution poaching punishment transportation death homicide
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

Three brothers go poaching one night in January. The sound of their guns brings the gamekeepers. One shoots a gamekeeper, then another. The brothers are taken prisoner; two are sentenced to be transported, the third is hanged

Notes

MacColl & Seeger call "The First Day in October" a composite, and so it is, but the similarities to "The Bold Poachers," particularly the use of the name Parkins for the guilty young man, have persuaded me to place it here. - PJS

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References

  1. MacSeegTrav 98, "The First Day in October" (1text, 1 tune); this entry also contains 1 nearly-complete text for "The Bold Poachers" (collected by E. J. Moeran, not by them)
  2. DT, POACHRS
  3. Roud #1686
  4. BI, McCST098