“The Earl of Mar's Daughter”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828 (Buchan)
Keywords: love courting bird childbirth father marriage rescue
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

The earl's daughter brings home a dove, who at night turns into a man and begets seven sons by her. When a man woos the earl's daughter, the earl decides to kill the bird and have her marry. The bird returns with an avian army and reclaims his love

References

  1. Child 270, "The Earl of Mar's Daughter" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 270, "The Earl of Mar's Daughter" (1 version)
  3. Leach, pp. 641-645, "The Earl of Mar's Daughter" (1 text)
  4. OBB 25, "Earl Mar's Daughter" (1 text)
  5. DT, MARDAUGH
  6. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #324, "The Earl of Mar's Daughter" (1 text)
  7. Roud #3879
  8. BI, C270