The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2169   Message #3876533
Posted By: Steve Gardham
11-Sep-17 - 11:15 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Origins: Admiral Benbow
The fact that both Jack Hall and Benbow both share the same form and tune which is somewhat older than the events (c1702) suggests to me that both were written just after the events and used the tune which still survives in traditional versions. A remarkable survival. We have no way of knowing when in the 18thc the other Benbow was written, although written in the 1st person it could be contemporary.