Elderton, William (d. in or before 1592), ballad writer, is of unknown origins. Although he and his ballads were well known in Elizabethan England—Elderton's name appears in the records of the privy council, as well as in the writings of numerous contemporary poets and dramatists—very little is known of his life, save for the fact that, as ...
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Ropes, Arthur Reed [pseud. Adrian Ross] (1859–1933), lyricist and journalist, was born at Lewisham, London, on 23 December 1859, the youngest son of William Hooper Ropes, a Russia merchant, and his wife, Ellen Harriet, daughter of J. Drinkrow Hall, of Scarborough. Although ...