“Fair Mary of Wallington”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1776 (Herd)
Keywords: family marriage childbirth death
Found in: Britain(Scotland)


Of seven sisters, five have died in childbirth. The sixth would prefer not to marry, but is made to wed. She expects to die in childbirth, and does, with the child cut out of her after three days labor. The seventh sister can expect the same fate.


  1. Child 91, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (7 texts)
  2. Bronson 91, comments only
  3. OBB 81, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (1 text)
  4. Gummere, pp. 236-240+354, "Fair Mary of Livingston" (1 text)
  5. DBuchan 15, "Fair Mary of Wallington" (1 text)
  6. Roud #59
  7. BI, C091