Earl of Aboyne, The [Child 235]

DESCRIPTION: The Earl goes to London, leaving his wife behind. She hears that he has been courting others. When he returns, she makes a fine show but disdains him. He prepares once again to depart, and says she may not go with him. She dies for love
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Skene ms.)
KEYWORDS: love separation death accusation infidelity rejection
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Child 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (12 texts, 1 tune)
Bronson 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (9 versions)
BronsonSinging 235, "The Earl of Aboyne" (2 versions: #2, #7)
GlenbuchatBallads, pp. 164-168, "The Earl of Aboyne" (1 text)
Greig #121, p. 1, "The Laird o' Aboyne"; Greig #123, p. 2, "The Earl o' Aboyne" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan6 1159, "The Earl o' Aboyne" (8 texts plus a single verse on p. 559, 5 tunes)
Ord, pp. 464-465, "The Lord o' Aboyne" (1 text)
Leach, pp. 593-595, "The Earl of Aboyne" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Peter Buchan, Gleanings of Scarce Old Ballads (Norwood, 1974 (reprint of 1891 Aberdeen reissue of 1825 Peterhead edition)), pp. 71-73, "The Earl of Aboyne"

Roud #99
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Bonny Peggy Irvine
NOTES: This rather confused story seems to have no historical basis (at least not based on the names in the ballad). - RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
File: C235

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.