“The Runaway Bride”


"If you go to the North Countrie... You'll hear how the bride from the blacksmith ran To be a liggar lady." Townfolk gather to the wedding; the bride is missing. The audience laughs at the groom's expense. Men are warned of Hieland lads luring their girls


Ord reports this to be based on an event which occurred "near the end of the eighteenth century." Given the song's history (analogs appear in Herd and the Scots Musical Museum), that date seems a bit late. - RBW


  1. Ord, pp. 462-463, "The Runaway Bride" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2876
  3. BI, Ord462


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: marriage abandonment
Found in: Britain(Scotland)