Johnie Scot

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Johnie Scot is Child ballad number 99.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Johnie Scot served the king of England and got his daughter pregnant. The king threw her in prison to starve. One day, back in Scotland, he sent a shirt to his love, and she sent back a letter with the news. He raised a force and came to her rescue.

Variants[edit]

This ballad closely parallels Child ballad 100, Willie o Winsbury.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Johnie Scot"
  2. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 2, p 377, Dover Publications, New York 1965