Alternate titles: “Robin Hood and the Tanner's Daughter”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Scott)
Keywords: courting death fight escape
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


(Erlinton) has a daughter, whom he confines to protect her virtue. A young man nonetheless spirits the daughter away. The lady's guards pursue; the young man slays all but one, and they escape.


Child himself admits that it is "only with much hesitation" that he has separated "Erlinton" from "Earl Brand," and if they are in fact distinct, there has clearly been cross-fertilization. The distinction may not matter much; "Earl Brand" has a lively traditional history, but "Erlinton" was pretty much a dead end. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Child 8, "Erlinton" (3 texts)
  2. OBB 37, "Erlinton" (1 text)
  4. Roud #24
  5. BI, C008