“Fanny Blair”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1839 (Journal from the Java)
Keywords: accusation lie abuse rape punishment trial execution
Found in: Britain(England) US(Ap)


Eleven-year old Fanny Blair falsely accuses a young man of molesting her. He is tried and sentenced to death, although the community doubts his guilt. He begs to be buried at home rather than in the prison yard, and hopes God will pardon the child.


In Sharp's version the crime is robbery, and Fanny Blair is not the victim but an accomplice who is turning king's evidence.-PJS

As Paul's note shows, details of the crime and punishment in this ballad vary, and the girl's age varies from eleven to eighteen. - RBW


  1. Wyman-Brockway II, p. 103, "Fanny Blair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Sharp-100E 46, "Fanny Blair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 229-231, "Fanny Blair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #1393
  6. BI, WB2103