If you are reading this page using a screenreader, we support ARIA landmarks for quick navigation too

Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

There were 1 items found.

Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDick Turpin and the lawyer
Roud No.621
Collected FromHarvey, Henry [Wassail]
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 368
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 1: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 99
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Dick Turpin, hero, is my name,
I brought myself to grief and shame;
'Twas my light fingers and nimble hands,
That caused me to leave my native land.


Hurrah, Turpin! Turpin, hero!
I am the valiant Turpin bold.

Verse 2

Turpin being so bold and cute,
To hide his money all in his boot,
"And I," said the lawyer, "and I'll hide mine;
I'll stitch in the lappet of my coat behind."


Verse 3

As Turpin was riding to the top of the hill,
There he bid the lawyer for to stand still,
Saying - "The lappet of your coat, sir, it must come off,
For my Black Bess wants a new saddle cloth."


Verse 4

Oh, now poor Dick is grabbed at last,
And for the game cock he's tried and cast -
"Here's a hundred pound, at the day I die,
Will I leave Jack Ketch for a legacy."

Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'We have here three songs [Dick Turpin, Turpin and the lawyer, Dick Turpin's ride] dealing with the famous highway man. The first two are versions of one original; the third is independent, and distinct from them. It is also more modern. Just how it is I cannot say; it was sung at Aston, near Bampton, nearly sixty years ago, I am told. First copy obtained of the late Wassail Harvey, Cricklade.'

Note 2

In Verse 3 Line 1 the original text read:

As Turpin was riding at the foot of the hill,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



This website

Contact details

Contact Wiltshire Council

Write to us or call us

Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN