“Burd Ellen and Young Tamlane”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1824 (Maidment)
Keywords: bastard curse children mother abandonment curse
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


Burd Ellen is at her knitting, crying over her baby. Young Tamlane, apparently the father, bids her rock the child. Rock the child she will not, and he departs with her curse.


  1. Child 28, "Burd Ellen and Young Tamlane" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3962
  3. BI, C028