“Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter”


Willie serves Earl Richard, loves and impregnates his daughter. Fearing Richard's wrath, they escape to the woods where the babe is born. Richard seeks his vanished daughter, finds her (alive/dead), accepts the child, and names him Robin Hood.


For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117].

Bronson is of the opionion that this is "a mere _rifacimento_ of [Child] No. 101," and it is difficult to argue the point. Bronson also notes that Aunt Molly Jackson, responsible for the American version {Bronson's #2}, had seen Buchan's text. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Willie o Douglas Dale [Child 101]" (plot)


  1. Child 102, "Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 102, "The Birth of Robin Hood (Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter)" (2 versions+1 in addenda)
  3. OBB 113, "The Birth of Robin Hood" (1 text)
  4. Roud #3910
  5. BI, C102


Author: unknown
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(AP)