“Susan Strayed on the Briny Beach”


Noble Susan loves Willy, a sailor, and will not accept a husband of high degree. As she walks along the beach, worrying about him, she sees a body which proves to be his. She dies for love; the two are buried together

Cross references

  • cf. Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, or, The Water o Gamrie [Child 215] (plot)
  • cf. "Down by the Seaside" (plot)


  1. Laws K19, "Susan Strayed on the Briny Beach"
  2. Greenleaf/Mansfield 103, "Susan Strayed the Briny Beach" (2 texts)
  3. Peacock, pp. 646-647, "As Susan Strayed the Briny Beach" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  4. Leach-Labrador 21, "Susan Strayed the Briny Beach" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. SHenry H774, pp. 150-151, "Susan on the Beach" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Ranson, pp. 70-71, "The Sligo Shore" (1 text)
  7. DT 695, SUSTRAY
  8. Roud #1896
  9. BI, LK19


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Found in: Canada(Newf) Ireland