Slaughter of the Laird of Mellerstain, The [Child 230]
DESCRIPTION: Fragment: A fair lady is heard lamenting for her slain husband, "John Hately, the Laird of Mellerstain." She laments that her ladies were not men who could have stood by him as he was killed.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828
KEYWORDS: death mourning homicide
Jan 3, 1603 - Murder of "Johne Haitlie of Millstanes" by "William Home hes guidfather."
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Child 230, "The Slaughter of the Laird of Mellerstain" (1 text)
NOTES: According to Mary Ellen Brown, Child's Unfinished Masterpiece: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, University of Illinois Press, 2011, p. 138, Child would have liked to place this ballad as #195, to keep it with similar pieces, but did not receive the text in time. - RBW
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