Northumberland Betrayed By Douglas

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"Northumberland Betrayed By Douglas"
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Northumberland Betrayed By Douglas, a ballad which centres on Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland, and his escape with his wife, to Scotland
Publishedc. 1765[1]

Northumberland Betrayed By Douglas (also Northumberland Betrayed by Dowglas) is Child ballad 176. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 4006. It tells of the Seventh Earl of Northumberland fleeing to Scotland.[1]


The Earl of Northumberland, Thomas Percy, escapes to Scotland and is taken into custody.[2] Despite his protestations of virtue, he is passed from hand to hand, ending in the custody of Douglas. Earl Percy sets sail, with the mindset that he will be freed, but instead ends up under the control of Lord Hunsden.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Northumberland Betrayed by Douglas [Child 176]". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Reliques of ancient English poetry, consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets, chiefly of the lyric kind. Together with some few of later date, Volume 1, page 257 Retrieved June 13, 2012
  3. ^ 'Northumberland betrayd by Dowglas,' Percy Manuscript, p. 259; Hales and Furnivall, II, 217