Fair Mary of Wallington [Child 91]

DESCRIPTION: Of seven sisters, five have died in childbirth. The sixth would prefer not to marry, but is made to wed. She expects to die in childbirth, and does, with the child cut out of her after three days labor. The seventh sister can expect the same fate.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1776 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: family marriage childbirth death
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Child 91, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (7 texts)
Bronson 91, comments only
Riewerts-BalladRepertoireOfAnnaGordon-MrsBrownOfFalkland, pp. 227-228, "The bonny Earl of Livingson" (1 text)
Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2 116, "Mild Marie" (1 text)
Buchan/Moreira-TheGlenbuchatBallads, pp. 90-94, "The Lady o' Livingstone"; pp. 140-143, "Elphinston" (2 texts)
Quiller-Couch-OxfordBookOfBallads 81, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (1 text)
Gummere-OldEnglishBallads, pp. 236-240+354, "Fair Mary of Livingston" (1 text)
Buchan-ABookOfScottishBallads 15, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (1 text)

Roud #59
File: C091

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