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There was a Time - Royal Oak 

A traditional song which I came across in our trusty copy of 'The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' where the notes indicate that there are several versions and suggest that the action of the song is based on Kempthorne's repulse of the seven Algerine ships on 29th December 1669. The name of 'Royal Oak' appears to have been an accidental inclusion as other versions of the song name the ship as 'The Marigold' and the Captain variously Captain Sir Thomas Merrifield or Captain Michael Mansfield, both of Bristol town.


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1. There was a Time 
2. Grymalkin 
3. Byker Hill 
4. Ella was a Robber 
5. Amongst the Roses 
6. Captain Jack 
7. Hard Times of Old England 
8. Northfield 
9. Dear Elektra 
10. Lovely Joan 
11. Royal Oak 
12. Lucy Anna Martin 
13. The Good Old Way 
14. Landscape 
15. (Lucy Variations)