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Thread #58075   Message #3374314
Posted By: GUEST,B.B. Cone
10-Jul-12 - 05:04 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Spencer the Rover
Subject: RE: Origins: Spencer the Rover
Some years ago, Simon Furey, gave a very interesting paper at a Sheffield University conference celebrating the centenary of the Folk Song Society. In he it he argued that Spencer was a real person, probably Irish, who had been a soldier in Wellington's army during the Penisular Wars. The melody of 'Spencer the Rover' is remarkably similar to a Spanish tune that Furey cited in his paper.