Alternate titles: “Jack O'Ryan”; “Jack Orion”; “Jack O'Rion”; “Glenkindie”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1640
Keywords: nightvisit love sex betrayal death suicide homicide trick
Found in: Britain(Scotland,Wales)


The king's daughter declares her love for Glasgerion and invites him to her bed. He tells his servant of the tryst. The boy sneaks in in his stead. When the lady learns this, she kills herself. Glasgerion kills the lad, (then himself)


"Glasgerion" is believed to be an anglicisation of "Glas Keraint," a legendary Welsh harper said to be able to harp "a fish out o' saut water Or water out o' a stane." - RBW

Cross references



  1. Child 67, "Glasgerion" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 67, "Glenkindie" (1 version)
  3. Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 45-49, "Glasgerion" (1 text)
  4. Leach, pp. 222-229, "Glasgerion" (2 texts plus one "analogy")
  5. OBB 40, "Glasgerion" (1 text)
  6. Friedman, p. 71, "Glasgerion" (1 text, 1 fragment)
  7. PBB 41, "Glasgerion" (1 text)
  8. Gummere, pp. 340-342, "Glasgerion" (1 text, printed in the notes to "Lord Randal")
  9. TBB 16, "Glasgerion" (1 text)
  10. DT 67, GLENKIND
  11. Roud #145
  12. BI, C067