This is a republished blog as I covered this rhyme in November 2017.
Thought to be based on a real life person from County Wicklow, Ireland. It was used by the supporters of Robert Shatfo, an eighteenth-century member of parliament (MP) for County Durham, a region close to where I grew up in the North East of England.
For those who like a sketchbook challenge how about illustrating one of your favourite Nursery Rhyme characters?
Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He’ll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!
Bobby Shafto’s bright and fair,
Panning out his yellow hair;
He’s my love for evermore,
Bonny Bobby Shafto