Useful Transactions in Philosophy (1708):
“Old King Cole”
by William King

Useful Transactions in Philosophy

Title: “Old King Cole”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1708

Publisher: Bernard Lintott
Written by: William King

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 1164

2 characters in this story:

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and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Old King Cole Old King Cole (King Cole)
(lead character)
supporting character lead character based on a real person
  [king] Bernard Lintott 30
The Fiddlers Three The Fiddlers Three supporting character group
  [played for Old King Cole] Bernard Lintott 2

Useful Transactions in Philosophy is also known as: Useful transactions in philosophy,: and other sorts of learning, for the months of March and April, 1709.

"Old King Cole" is traditional English nursery rhyme. The earliest known printed version of this nursery rhyme was published in William King's Useful Transactions in Philosophy. The nursery rhyme itself may have been created long before it was first recorded in print.

William King is the writer who recorded the nursery rhyme in Useful Transactions in Philosophy, but he probably did not write the nursery rhyme himself.