“Rookhope Ryde”


The singer curses those who raid Rookhope. Northern thieves descend upon Rookhope when most of the high officials were away. But the raiders are seen, pursued, and taken in battle. The singer praises those who repelled the raid


Child dates this "ryde" (raid) to the time of the Rising in the North (for background, see "The Rising in the North" [Child 175]), and this seems likely enough. However, neither the song itself nor outside sources give enough details to make this verifiable. The only other evidence is implicit: The Rising distracted or removed so many lords, sheriffs, and bailiffs that it made such a vast raid possible. - RBW


  1. Child 179, "Rookhope Ryde" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4008
  3. BI, C179


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1792 (Ritson, "The Bishopric Garland")
Found in: Britain