“Eppie Morrie”


Willie and his gang steal away Eppie Morrie to make her his bride. The minister refuses to marry them without her consent. Willie forces her to bed and attempts to rape her; she fends off his attempts. In the morning she demands the right to return home


Like Willie Macintosh [Child 183; see comment there], the only known tune for this song is that given by Ewan MacColl. - (AS)

Though we note the fragment collected from Jimmy McBeath, which was not known to Bronson. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Lady of Arngosk [Child 224]" (plot)
  • cf. "Walter Lesly" [Child 296] (plot)


  • Jimmy McBeath, "Eppie Morrie" [fragment] (on FSBBAL2)


  1. Child 223, "Eppie Morrie" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 223, "Eppie Morrie" (1 version)
  3. PBB 51, "Eppie Morrie" (1 text)
  4. DBuchan 37, "Eppie Morrie" (1 text)
  5. DT 223, EPPMORR*
  6. Roud #2583
  7. BI, C223


Author: unknown
Found in: Britain(Scotland)