“Lady Elspat”


Lady Elspat and Sweet William plan a tryst, but Elspat's brother's page reports to her mother. The mother takes the boy to court on a charge of robbery. The judge concludes that his only crime is being relatively poor, and frees William to wed Elspat

Cross references


  1. Child 247, "Lady Elspat" (1 text, 2 tunes, but Bronson says the tunes are not proper to the text)
  2. Bronson 247, "Lady Elspat" (2 versions)
  3. OBB 86, "Lady Elspat" (1 text)
  4. Roud #4023
  5. BI, C247


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1783
Keywords: courting trial reprieve
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)