The origin of the Doctor Foster rhyme dates back to the early 19th century England.
Although it was first recorded in 1810 in Gamer Gurton’s Garland, Doctor Foster tells a story about a 13th century episode of English history that happened during the Plantagenet monarchy. King Edward I (Doctor Foster) fell from his horse in a large oozy puddle while he visited Gloucester. He was so humiliated by this experience that he never visited Gloucester again.
Bellow is the modern version of “Doctor Foster” rhyme, first published in this form 1844.
“Doctor Foster” Lyrics
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.
“Doctor Foster” Original Version
Old Dr. Foster went to Gloster,
To preach the work of God.
When he came there, he sat in his chair,
And gave all the people a nod.