“Annan Water”


Our hero is off to Annan Water; he must "cross the drumlie stream the night, or never mair I see my honey." But his horse grows tired, and the ferryman will not take him; at last he tries to swim Annan, and drowns


This is printed by Child as an appendix to Child #215, "Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, Or, The Water O Gamrie." To me, though, it appears closer to Child #216 -- though by no means the same song. And there are enough reports of it that it perhaps deserves a separate entry. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Mother's Malison, or, Clyde's Water" [Child 216]


  1. Child 215, "Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, or, The Water o Gamrie" (1 text as an appendix to that song)
  2. Leach, pp. 695-697, "Annan Water" (1 text)
  3. OBB 92, "Annan Water" (1 text)
  4. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #336, "Annan Water" (1 text)
  5. Roud #6562
  6. BI, L695


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1802 (Scott)
Keywords: separation flood death
Found in: Britain(Scotland)