“Fair Janet”

Alternate titles: “Liv'd Ance Twa Luvers In Yon Dale”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1769 (Herd)
Keywords: love pregnancy marriage childbirth dancing death
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))


(Janet/Annet/Maisry) loves Sweet Willie, but is told by her father she must marry a French lord. She bears Willie's child and has him take it to his mother. At her wedding she hasn't strength to dance, but dances with Willie and dies. (Willie dies.)


  1. Child 64, "Fair Janet" (7 texts)
  2. Bronson 64, "Fair Janet" (2 versions)
  3. Leach, pp. 205-208, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
  4. OBB 52, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
  5. Gummere, pp. 213-217+351-352, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
  6. TBB 14, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
  7. DT 64, FAIRJAN
  8. Roud #44
  9. BI, C064