Young Johnstone [Child 88]

DESCRIPTION: Johnstone kills his love's brother, then seeks shelter with (successively his mother, his sister, and) his love. She hides him from his pursuers, whom she feeds while he rests. They leave and she goes to him. He kills her, probably in confusion. He dies.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: homicide love brother reunion family hiding
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord)) Ireland Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (13 citations):
Child 88, "Young Johnstone" (6 texts)
Bronson 88, "Young Johnstone" (4 versions+2 in addenda)
BronsonSinging 88, "Young Johnstone" (3 versions: #2, #4, #6)
ChambersBallads, pp. 261-264, "Young Johnston" (1 text)
GreigDuncan8 1929, "Oh Did Ye See a Bloody Knight" (1 fragment)
Lyle-Crawfurd1 5, "William and the Young Colonel" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders-Ancient2, pp. 293, "Young Johnstone" (1 text, from "The Charms of Melody" rather than tradition)
Mackenzie 10, "Johnson and the Colonel" (1 text, 1 tune); "Johnson and Coldwell" (1 text) {Bronson's #4}
Leach, pp. 283-284, "Young Johnstone" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 104-105, "Lord John's Murder"; pp. 257-259, "The Young Johnstone" (2 texts)
PBB 60 "Young Johnstone" (1 text)
DT 88, JOHNSTON*
ADDITIONAL: John Finlay, Scottish Historical and Romantic Ballads (Edinburgh: William Creech, and Archibald Constable and Co, 1808 ("Digitized by Google")) Vol. II, pp. 71-79, "The Young Johnstone" (1 text)

Roud #56
NOTES: Also collected and sung by Ellen Mitchell, "Johnston and the Young Colonel" (on Kevin and Ellen Mitchell, "Have a Drop Mair," Musical Tradition Records MTCD315-6 CD (2001)).
GreigDuncan8 is a fragment of Child 88A verses 6 and 7.
The source for Whitelaw-Ballads is Finlay, who writes that "the present edition has been completed from two recited copies" with a couple of changes. - BS
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File: C088

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