“Young Benjie”


Benjie quarrels with his lover, who vows to seek another. He drowns her. During the night watch over the corpse [lykewake] she reveals to her three brothers who killed her. They ask whether they should behead or hang him. She bids them put out his eyes.


  1. Child 86, "Young Benjie" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 86, "Young Benjie" (1 version)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth p. 453, "Young Benjie" (notes only)
  4. Leach, pp. 280-283, "Young Benjie" (1 text)
  5. OBB 91, "Young Benjie" (1 text)
  6. DT 81, YNGBENJI*
  7. Roud #3911
  8. BI, C086


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Scott)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)