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Thread #89022   Message #1676444
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
22-Feb-06 - 10:25 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Golden Glove (Dog and Gun)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Golden Glove (Dog and Gun)
I very much doubt any relation to 'Lord of Misrule' customs; the song isn't old enough for that. The suggestion that it related to an Elizabethan incident derives from Dixon, Songs of the Peasantry, 1846; but there doesn't seem to be any evidence to support the assertion he described as "traditionally reported" (by whom? he didn't say). He (or Robert Bell, who revised the book; offhand I'm not sure which) also asserted "It has been published in the broadside form from the commencement of the eighteenth century." For this, too, no evidence is provided, though it may well be true.

The song was very widely known, having been found in oral currency in most countries where English is spoken; most broadside printers seem to have issued it during the 19th century. I suppose it could date to the later 18th at any rate, but a superficial look around suggests that it is unlikely to be any older than that. If anyone has evidence to take it back further, that would be welcome.