“The Factor's Garland”


The factor shows his kindness by paying for a dead man's burial and paying the fee of a girl who would otherwise be hanged. It is eventually revealed that the girl is a king's daughter. After many complex adventures, he marries the girl; they have a son


There may be a slight hint in here of the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical book of Tobit, which is also motivated by the generosity of the hero in burying the dead. But, if so, it's come a long way. - RBW


  1. Laws Q37, "The Factor's Garland"
  2. Flanders/Olney, pp. 154-162, "The Factor's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Flanders/Brown, pp. 81-82, "The Factor's Garland" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. BrownII 60, "The Turkish Factor" (1 text)
  5. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 268-271, "The Turkey Factor in Foreign Parts" (1 text)
  6. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "The Factor's Garland" (source notes only)
  7. DT 545, FACTRSNG
  8. Roud #572
  9. BI, LQ37


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1769 (Journal from the Nellie)
Found in: US(NE,SE,So)