The Newry Highwayman

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"The Newry Highwayman" is a traditional British folk song about a criminal's life, deeds, and death. It is also found in Ireland, the USA and Canada. The earliest known broadside is from about 1830 (Bodleian Harding B 25(2054)). Some versions mention "Mansfield" and this is sometimes taken to be William Murray, first Earl of Mansfield (1706-1793). It is classified as Roud 490, Laws L012.

Other titles for this song include:

  • Wild and Wicked Youth
  • The Flash Lad
  • In Newry Town
  • Newlyn Town
  • The Rambling Boy
  • The Roving Blade
  • Adieu Adieu


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