DESCRIPTION: "Stately stepp'd he east the wall, And stately stepp'd he west." The hero had thirteen sons; nine are dead. The Norse king comes to invade. Hardyknute is called upon to fight. Others also serve at the Battle of Largs, and the Norse are defeated
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Wardlaw (1677-c.1727, according to Whielaw-Ballads)
EARLIEST DATE: 1724 (Ramsay)
KEYWORDS: battle Scotland
Oct 2, 1263 - Battle of Largs
REFERENCES (5 citations):
ChambersBallads, pp. 335-345, "Hardyknute" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 205-209, "Hardyknute" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Allan Ramsay, The Ever Green (Being a Collection of Scots Poems Wrote by the Ingenious before 1600) (Edinburgh: Allan Ramsay, 1724 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. II pp. 247-264, "Hardyknute" (1 text)
Michael Brander, _Scottish and Border Battles and Ballads_, 1975 (page references to the 1993 Barnes & Noble edition), pp. 221-230, "Hardyknute or The Battle of Largs" (1 text)
James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume III, #280, p. 289, "Hardyknute; Or, the Battle of Largs" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST MBra221 (Partial)
Roud #8180
NOTES [24 words]: It is widely (I believe universally) agreed that this is not a folk song, but it appears in some old collections, so it goes in the Index. - RBW
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