Willie o Douglas Dale

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Willie o Couglas Dale or Willie O Douglas Dale is Child ballad 101.[1]


Willie goes to court, and he and a lady fall in love. When she is pregnant, they flee, but she goes in labor on the way, and gives birth to a son. They go on with the child and reach his father's lands.


This ballad contains elements from "Willie and the Earl Richard's Daughter" and to a lesser extent "Leesome Brand".[2]


  1. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Willie o Couglas Dale"
  2. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 2, p 406, Dover Publications, New York 1965