“Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor, and Marriage”


Robin and his mother visit her brother, who makes Robin his heir and gives him Little John as a page. Robin takes Little John to his band in the forest. He meets shepherd Clorinda who impresses by shooting a buck. They go to Titbury feast and are married.


Child notes that this ballad has several elements at variance with the bulk of the Robin Hood tradition. - KK

For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117]. - RBW


  1. Child 149, "Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage" (1 text)
  2. BBI, RZN17, "Kind gentlemen will you be patient awhile"
  3. Roud #3991
  4. BI, C149


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1716