Brown Adam [Child 98]

DESCRIPTION: Brown Adam is a smith, banished from his kin. He builds a bower where he lives with his love. He goes hunting, returns to overhear a knight attempting to woo his love, finally threatening her life. He rescues his love, defeating the knight.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1783/1799 (GordonBrown/Rieuwerts)
KEYWORDS: knight love separation home hunting courting rejection
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Child 98, "Brown Adam" (3 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #2}
Bronson 98, "Brown Adam" (2 versions)
ChambersBallads, pp. 252-254, "Brown Adam" (1 text)
GordonBrown/Rieuwerts, pp. 128-131, "Brown Adam" (2 parallel texts plus a photo of the badly-transcribed tune; also a reconstructed tune on p. 269)
Greig #88, p. 1, "Brown Edom" (1 text)
GreigDuncan5 994, "Brown Edom" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 285-286, "Brown Adam" (1 text)
OBB 48, "Brown Adam" (1 text)
DT, BRNADAM*
ADDITIONAL: Katherine Briggs, _A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language_, Part A: Folk Narratives, 1970 (I use the 1971 Routledge paperback that combines volumes A.1 and A.2), volume A.2, pp. 385-386, "Brown Adam" (a short prose summary, noteworthy mostly because Briggs compares Brown Adam to Robin Hood and the characters of "Adam Bell....")

Roud #482
File: C098

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