Outlaw Murray, The [Child 305]

DESCRIPTION: The King of Scotland demands that the outlaw pay him homage for his holdings in Ettrick Forest. Murray refuses; he won the land by his own valor. The King calls up his forces to attack Murray. A compromise is reached; Murray becomes sheriff of Ettrick
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1791 (Glenriddell mss.)
KEYWORDS: outlaw royalty bargaining reprieve
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Child 305, "The Outlaw Murray" (3 texts)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 349-355, "The Outlaw Murray" (1 text)
Bell-Combined, pp. 193-204, "The Sang of the Outlaw Murray" (1 text)
OBB 84, "The Outlaw Murray" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (Edinburgh: Longman and Rees, 1803 ("Digitized by Microsoft")) second edition, Vol. I, pp. 1-26, "The Sang of the Outlaw Murray" (1 text)

Roud #3296
cf. "Captain Ward and the Rainbow" [Child 287] (theme)
NOTES [88 words]: According to Mary Ellen Brown, Child's Unfinished Masterpiece: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, University of Illinois Press, 2011, p. 128, Child was strongly inclined to omit this item from the ESPB, and included it only at the last minute. Hence its number as the very last of the Child Ballads. - RBW
Whitelaw-Ballads follows Scott, one of the sources for Child's 305A. If you want to see Scott's text it's much easier to follow in Scott or Whitelaw-Ballads than it is to decipher Child's deconstruction notes. - BS
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File: C305

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