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Title : She's sumboddy's bairn.

Format : song

Composer : Horsley, James

Production details : publisher : Allan
Dean Street ; Newcastle upon Tyne

Date : 1886 (circa)

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Collection name : Songs and letters collected by T. and G. Allan.


A song about young women on the street by James Horsley. This song differs considerably from Horsley's usual style.

James Horsley was born in Alnwick, moving to Newcastle at an early age. Beginning life as a stable boy, Horsley was eventually engaged with Andrew Reid where he wrote a number of popular songs, including the well known 'She's sumboddy's bairn'.

The songs forms part of a collection held by Newcastle City Library. The collection comprises much of the original material collected by Thomas Allan for the publication of 'Allan's Tyneside songs'. From original Ned Corvan manuscripts to photographs of Joe Wilson, and correspondence from local figures such as Joseph Cowen, the collection provides a genuinely fascinating glimpse of some of the region's best known composers. The material dates from 1860 to 1890, spanning the dates of the various publications of the book in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1873 and 1891.


Collection description : Song manuscripts, correspondence and broadsides collected for the publication of Allan's Tyneside Songs.

Collector : Allan, Thomas (b.1832 d.1894)

Collection date : 1862-1891


First line : One dark, dorty neet, as aw myed me way hyem

Subject heading : religious and moral & women

Keywords : prostitution & women

Period : 1861-1900

Held by : Newcastle City Library

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Newcastle City Library


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