Proud Lady Margaret [Child 47]

DESCRIPTION: Knight comes to court Margaret; he will have her or die. She says better men than he have died for her. She asks riddles; he answers and asks more. She agrees to wed, and lists her wealth. He calls her a liar; he is her dead brother come to humble her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Scott)
KEYWORDS: death courting riddle ghost
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Child 47, "Proud Lady Margaret" (5 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1}
Bronson 47, "Proud Lady Margaret" (3 versions)
Bronson-SingingTraditionOfChildsPopularBallads 47, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 version: #1)
Chambers-ScottishBallads, pp. 256-259, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 text)
Lyle/McAlpine/McLucas-SongRepertoireOfAmeliaAndJaneHarris, pp. 18-23, "Archerdale/The Knicht o' Archerdale" (2 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1, with differences}
Buchan/Moreira-TheGlenbuchatBallads, pp. 115-118, "Archerdale" (1 text)
Greig/Duncan2 336, "Proud Lady Margaret" (2 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #3}
Dixon-ScottishTraditionalVersionsOfAncientBallads V, pp. 42-45, "The Bonny Hind Squire" (1 text)
Bell-Combined-EarlyBallads-CustomsBalladsSongsPeasantryEngland, pp. 183-186, "The Bonny Hind Squire" (1 text)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 162-164, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 text)
Leach-HeritageBookOfBallads, pp. 54-56, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 text)
Quiller-Couch-OxfordBookOfBallads 26, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 text)
Buchan-ABookOfScottishBallads 49, "Proud Lady Margaret" (1 text)
Whitelaw-BookOfScottishBallads, pp. 161-162, "Proud Lady Margaret"; pp. 162-163, "The Courteous Knight" (2 texts)

Roud #37
File: C047

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