“King James and Brown”


Douglas comes to attack the King. The ruler is saved by Brown. Brown convinces the king to pardon Douglas; Douglas reacts by attacking Edinborough. Brown once again defeats the renegade Earl; for this and other services, King James makes him an earl

Historical references

  • April 7, 1571 - hanging of James Hamilton, Archbishop of Saint Andrews, whom Child believes to the the Bishop of Saint Andrews whom Brown defeated


  1. Child 180, "King James and Brown" (1 text, with appendix "The King of Scots and Andrew Browne")
  2. cf. Percy/Wheatley II, pp. 221-225, "King of Scots and Andrew Brown" (1 text, not from the folio manuscript even though the folio includes part of the piece; note that this is the piece Child puts in the appendix, not the main text, though both are from the Percy folio)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth p. 467, "King James and Brown" (notes plus a modified partial text from Child)
  4. Roud #4009
  5. BI, C180


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1750 (Percy folio)