“Redesdale and Wise William”


Redesdale tells William that he can win any woman's favor "wi ae blink o my ee." William bets his head against Redesdale's lands that Redesdale cannot win his sister. Redesdale courts the sister, fails to win her (though he burns down her house)

Cross references


  1. Child 246, "Redesdale and Wise William" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 246, "Redesdale and Wise William" (1 version, properly associated with "Johnnie Cock")
  3. Roud #243
  4. BI, C246


Author: unknown
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Bord))