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published by the Percy Society, pt. ii. p. 17. Croker obtained it from Mr. Mac Skimin, author of a History of Carrickfergus, who got it from oral recitation. In verse 3, 1. 2 there is a varia lectio ' That a spirit came unto him.' A printed version of the ballad entitled Thurofs Defeat is in the Garlands in the' British Museum (pressmark, 11621. a. 2 [29]). It is excessively corrupt. Croker also prints another ballad called The Siege of Carrickfergus, printed in 1801, which barely mentions Thurot's fight with Elliot.
P. 222. A New Song on Captain O'Brian. Original in Captain 0?Brian's Garland in the British Museum (pressmark, 11621. c. 5 [15])- On the action described see Charnock, v. 410.
P. 223. A New Song" on the Taking1 of Havannah. Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 15*. Original in a chapbook in the British Museum called The Havannah's Garland (pressmark, 11621. c. 5 [14]). The names of the Spanish com­manders have been corrected.
P. 225. Lord Anson and Hawke. Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 94. Original in Lord Anson's Garland in the British Museum (11621. c. 5 [34]). The original gives the title ' Lords Anson and Hawke.' As Hawke was not made a peer till 1776, this would lead to the conclusion that the ballad was written about 1779, and, if so, it should have been placed later in the volume. It is also possible that a single ship may have borne the double name. On the other hand, the Anson and Hawke privateers were cruising together about 1757.
P. 226. A New Song on the Blandford. From the Madden collection (Slipsongs, ii. 316, No. 1373).
P. 227. The Sailors' Dialogue. From a broadside in the possession of the editor, printed by Fowler of Salisbury.
P. 228. Distressed Men-of-War. From a broadside in the possession of the editor, printed by J. Davenport, 6 George's Court, St. John's Lane, West Smithfield.
P. 230. The Sailor's Complaint. From the Madden col­lection {Slipsongs, iii. 87, No. 1649). In verse 3, ' to a navy officer' is possibly a misprint for ' to the Navy Office.'
P. 231. The Sailor's Garland, or the Ticket Buyer's Lamentation. From a broadside in the possession of the editor, without date or printer's name.
P. 233. The Sailor's Complaint, or the True Character Of the Purser of a Ship. From the Douce collection (Douce Ballads, iii. 85). A broadside 'printed for W. O., and are to be sold by the Booksellers of Pye-corner and London-bridge.'
P. 234. The Sailor's Resolution to Fight the Spaniards. From the Madden collection (Slipsongs, iii. 93, No. 1663).
P. 235. Jack Tar. From the Douce collection ; a garland entitled Tibbie Fowler (Douce, S. 370).