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Thread #140911   Message #3246404
Posted By: Lighter
28-Oct-11 - 08:32 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
I'm not 100% certain that the "D." even refers to "Draufield," though certainly it may. The note after that signed "D." is signed "D.X." If "D." is for "Draufield," what's "D.X." mean? If one person sent in all three items, why isn't the name "Draufield" applied clearly, at the end, to all three of them?

Extensive searches of British newspapers as well as of the Web turn up fewer than a dozen people named "Draufield." An "Hon. Mem. R. Draufield" is mentioned in passing in a Darbyshire paper of the 1890s. The title may imply membership in the House of Commons, but I can find no further information about him.

In contrast, "Dranfield" appears many times as a surname as well as the name of an English village.

The available evidence allows no firm conclusion as to whether the name connected with the ballad text was intended to be "Draufield" or "Dranfield" or something else abbreviated as "D." Even if "Draufield" is correct, the person who sent in the ballad appears for now to be untraceable.