“The Rantin' Laddie”


The lady has "played at the cards and the dice" with the rantin' laddie; now she has a child and is scorned. She sends a letter to the rantin' laddie -- who proves to be the Earl of Aboyne. He marries her and all are happy


The "rant" is a dance step, now found chiefly in Northumberland and surrounding areas. - PJS


  • Willie Mathieson, "The Bonny Rantin' Laddie" [fragment] (on FSBBAL2) {Bronson's #5.1}


  1. Child 240, "The Rantin' Laddie" (4 texts)
  2. Bronson 240, "The Rantin' Laddie" (6 versions+1 in addenda)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 303-304, "The Rantin' Laddie" (1 fragment, 1 tune, a single "Rantin' Laddie" stanxa with a "hush-a-bye" chorus perhaps from the mother to her bastard baby) {Bronson's #6}
  4. Leach, pp. 597-598, "The Rantin' Laddie" (2 texts)
  5. Combs/Wilgus 35, pp. 127-128, "The Rantin Laddie" (1 text)
  6. DBuchan 57, "The Rantin Laddie" (1 text)
  7. DT 240, RANTNLAD*
  8. Roud #103
  9. BI, C240


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