“The Earl of Errol”


The Earl of Errol weds Kate Carnegie, perhaps for the sake of her large dowry. Kate complains that "Errol is no' a man." Errol disproves the charge by having an illegitimate child. Kate wishes to abandon him; he will not give up her dowry

Historical references

  • 1658 - Wedding of Gilbert Hay, tenth earl of Errol, to Catherine Carnegie. The marriage was childless, and apparently unhappy (there was some sort of hearing in 1659), but lasted, at least officially, until Errol's death in 1674

Cross references


  1. Child 231, "The Earl of Errol" (6 texts)
  2. Bronson 231, "The Earl of Errol" (6 versions)
  3. DBuchan 38, "The Earl of Errol" (1 text)
  4. Kinloch-BBook IX, pp. 31-36,"Earl of Errol" (1 text)
  5. Roud #96
  6. BI, C231


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Edinburgh Magazine)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))