The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #112487   Message #3318186
Posted By: Steve Gardham
06-Mar-12 - 10:07 AM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Bedmaking
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Bedmaking
The earliest broadsides seem to be the Pitts and Catnach ones then also in London, Birt then Fortey following Catnach, and Disley following Pitts. Russell of Birmingham and Houghton of Worcester both printed it, but all with very little variation with the standard 8 stanzas and same title 'The Gay Old Man'. I have seen nothing earlier that would suggest it had inspired this so my guess is it is by one of Catnach or Pitts' hacks. The Pitts address is No 6 so it postdates 1818.