“The Kitchie-Boy”


A lady reveals her love to a kitchen boy. He begs her not to make it known; her father would kill him. She sends him over the sea; he rebuffs a lady's advances. He returns home in disguise and convinces the father to let him marry his daughter


Child views this as a "modern 'adaption' of 'King Horn'" (i.e. "Hind Horn," Child 17), from which it derives some stanzas. The plot, however, is by no means identical, sharing elements with a number of other ballads. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Child 252, "The Kitchie-Boy" (5 texts)
  2. Bronson 252, "The Kitchie-Boy" (3 versions)
  3. Leach, pp. 616-621, "The Kitchie-Boy" (1 text)
  4. DBuchan 25, "The Kitchie-Boy" (1 text)
  5. Roud #105
  6. BI, C252


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Skene ms.)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))