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GUEST,Ebor Fiddler Origins: Help with Gypsy Davy (90* d) RE: Origins: Help with Gypsy Davy 05 Dec 15

1) "Ingram" may very well be correct and not a mondegreen as there was a northern Family of that name, who had money in the early 17th Century and possibly earlier.

2) In an American version of "Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor", I remember the heroine insulting the Brown Girl, whom Lord Thomas has just wed, saying "Wow, she's wondrous brown!" and I don't think she's referring to her hair, especially as the Brown Girl responds by knifing Fair Ellender!

3) I prefer the version which Mick Waterson used to sing (Seven Little Gypsies), in which it was fairly obvious that the Gypsy gang had bespelled the Lady, so in retaliation, her husband has them all hanged.

Chris B.

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