“Child Owlet”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828 (Buchan)
Keywords: execution infidelity rejection lie


Lady Erskine wants Child Owlet to sleep with her. Owlet will not; Lord Ronald (Erskine's husband) is Owlet's uncle. Erskine takes revenge by cutting herself and accusing Owlet of raping her. Owlet is torn to pieces between wild horses


Compare this story to the biblical tale of Joseph and Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39:1-20) - RBW

Cross references


  1. Child 291, "Child Owlet" (1 text)
  2. DT 291, CHDOWLET*
  3. Roud #3883
  4. BI, C291