“Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick”

Author: unknown
Keywords: nobility wedding pregnancy baby lie curse
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))


Patrick promises to marry Isabel if the child she bears is a son. He delays until his parents died, then delays further and prepares to noblewoman. (His wife) wishes to see his son; Isabell will not give him up, and curses Patrick. The curse takes effect


  1. Child 257, "Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 257, "Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick" (1 version)
  3. Leach, pp. 626-629, "Burd Ellen and Earl Patrick" (1 text)
  4. Roud #107
  5. BI, C257