Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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" This ballad is given from two copies obtained from recitation, which differ but little from each other. In­deed, the only variation is in the verse where the outlawed brother unweetingly slays his sister. One reading is, —
' He's taken out his wee penknife,
Hey how bonnie; And he's twined her o' her ain sweet life,
On the bonme batiks o1 ForcUe.'
The other reading is that adopted in the text. This ballad is popular in the southern parishes of Perth­shire : but where the scene is laid the editor has been unable to ascertain. Nor has any research of his ena­bled him to throw farther light on the history of its hero with the fantastic name, than what the ballad itself supplies." Motherwell's Minstrelsy, p. 88.
Another version is subjoined, from Kinloch's col­lection.
This ballad is found in Danish; Herr Truels's Doet-tre, Danske Viser, No. 164. In a note the editor en­deavors to show that the story is based on fact!

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