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Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
10-Nov-03 - 11:10 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Goodluck's Robin Hood and the Fifte
Mr Henneberry lived on Devil's Island. Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, J. M. Dent & Sons, Vancouver & Toronto, 1932: repr. Dover, New York, 1966: pp. 15-16.

Several broadside editions can be seen at  Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads. The 17th century copies were the basis of Child's text.

Robin Hoods progresse to Nottingham

The title had changed by the late 18th/early 19th century, but the text remained virtually the same:

Robin Hood and the fifteen foresters

In what is probably the earliest printing here (Fran. Grove, London), it will be seen that the foresters were drinking bear. Perhaps they had come over from Hull for the weekend.