Nursery Rhymes

Bobby Shafto

Bobby Shafto's gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!

Bobby Shafto's fat and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair;
He's my love fore everymore,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!

Bobby Shafto's looking out,
All his ribbons flew about,
All the ladies gave a shout,
Hey for bobby Shafto!

NOTE: The Shafto family was named for Shaftoe village in Northumberland. Over the generations, there were at least 7 different Robert Shaftos. The Bobby Shafto in the nursery rhyme above is thought to be composed in support of Robert Shafto of Whitworth of the County Durham branch of the family, who ran for Parliament in 1761. His portrait portrays him as young, handsome with yellow hair. Such was his beauty that at least one heiress was said to have died for love of him.

Famous characters Ghost Stories Folktales


Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

About the Author   |   The Spooky Series   |    Facebook Page   |    Folklore Resources   |   Folklore stories A-Z   |   Reprints/Permissions
Comments; the appearing and disappearing 

worm!Comments? Email us at

©| S.E. Schlosser 1997 - 2030.

This site is best viewed while eating marshmallows around a campfire under a starry sky.