“The Holy Nunnery”


Willie's parents vow that he shall not marry Annie. Told of this, Annie vows to become a nun and never kiss a man again. After seven years, Willie can bear no more; he dresses as a woman and goes to see Annie in the nunnery. She will not break her vow


  1. Child 303, "The Holy Nunnery" (1 text)
  2. Leach, pp. 686-689, "The Holy Nunnery" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3886
  4. BI, C303


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828 (Buchan)