Carrie Grover, emigrated Irish from Maine, used mid-19th century lyrics found both in Limerick as in Donegal as Arthur McBride And The Sargeant. Bert Lloyd credits Tom Cook, the same (fictitious?) name he credits for Reynardine (see there). Arthur McBride is the story of a soldier press-ganged for the Irish Regiment. So its roots go probably deeper: being sent to France echoes the Treaty of Limerick (1691). All ends well for Arthur since the recruiters fail.