“Young Benjie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Scott)
Keywords: lover corpse funeral brother injury revenge ghost
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

Benjie quarrels with his lover, who vows to seek another. He drowns her. During the night watch over the corpse [lykewake] she reveals to her three brothers who killed her. They ask whether they should behead or hang him. She bids them put out his eyes.

References

  1. Child 86, "Young Benjie" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 86, "Young Benjie" (1 version)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth p. 453, "Young Benjie" (notes only)
  4. Leach, pp. 280-283, "Young Benjie" (1 text)
  5. OBB 91, "Young Benjie" (1 text)
  6. DT 81, YNGBENJI*
  7. Roud #3911
  8. BI, C086