This is one of the many songs to the tune of Samuel Hall, as is William Kidd. This version was a popular English alehouse song, given its familiar tune and patriotic subject matter. A similar version is provided by Capt. Whall in Sea Songs and Shanties.
For more on Admiral Benbow, see Brave Admiral Benbow.
This song is featured in Ralph Vaughn Williams march Sea Songs arranged in 1923 (originally as a movement of his English Folk Song Suite).