“The Daughter of Peggy-O”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1908
Keywords: marriage abuse work humorous wife
Found in: Britain(England(South))


Husband marries a wife who won't work; he beats her and threatens to yoke her to the plow. She submits.


Although there are strong similarities to "Wife Wrapt in Wether's Skin", the class distinction does not appear, and neither does the sheepskin. I call it a different song. -PJS

In the absence of intermediate versions, I tend to agree. Although both songs have nonsense refrains, they are not the SAME nonsense refrains, and the stanza forms and lyrics are distinct. Though Roud, of course, lumps them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 29, "The Daughter of Peggy-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #117
  3. BI, VWL029