“The Laird o Logie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1776 (Herd)
Keywords: prison escape trick nobility love mercy help
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))

Description

(Logie) is in prison awaiting death; Margaret would save him. She petitions the King; he will not free Logie for all the gold in Scotland. (The queen/Margaret) (steals tokens from the King) and orders that Logie be freed.

Notes

In 1591, the Earl of Bothwell tried to capture King James VI of Scotland, and James Weymis of Logie was implicated in the plot. One of Queen Anne's maids, Margaret, loved him; she forged an order to have him questioned, and used it to help him escape. James's anger was appeased by the Queen, and he pardoned Logie, who then Margaret - RBW

References

  1. Child 182, "The Laird o Logie" (5 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1}
  2. Bronson 182, "The Laird o Logie" (3 versions)
  3. Leach, pp. 493-495, "The Laird o Logie" (1 text)
  4. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #422, "The Laird o' Logie" (1 text)
  5. Roud #81
  6. BI, C182