“Maria Marten”


Maria tells her mother she is going to meet William at the red barn. They are to be married next day in Islip. Maria is never seen alive again. After eleven months her mother dreams the body will be found buried in the red barn. The body is found there.

Historical references

  • Aug 11, 1828 - William Corder is executed for the May 1827 murder of Maria Marten (source: NLScotland commentary to broadside L.C.Fol.70(71b))

Cross references


  • Freda Palmer, "Maria Marten" (on Voice03)


  1. Roud #215
  2. BI, RcMariaM


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1972 (recording, Freda Palmer)
Found in: Britain(England(South))