“Jock o the Side”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1774 (Percy papers)
Keywords: borderballad prisoner escape rescue
Found in: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber))


Jock o the Side has been taken prisoner in a raid. His neighbors hope to ransom him, but (Hobie Noble/The Laird's Jock) will free him with five men. They make their way to Jock's prison, break down the doors and perform other feats, and bring Jock away


Jock o' the Side (Side is a region in Liddesdale) was a well-known thief and raider of the 1560s. - SF

It is interesting to note that (apart from Jock himself), the characters in this drama are completely unfixed; in one version, Robin Hood's companion Much the miller's son is one of the raiders (and not a very bold one). - RBW

Cross references


  1. Child 187, "Jock o the Side" (4 texts)
  2. Bronson 187, "Jock o the Side" (4 versions)
  3. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 145-147, "Jock o' the Side" (1 text, 1 tune) {Compare Bronson's #3, a variant of the same tune but with different text}
  4. Friedman, p. 246, "Jock o' the Side" (1 text)
  5. OBB 138, "Jock o' the Side" (1 text)
  6. Warner 191, "Bold Dickie and Bold Archie" (1 text, 1 tune, primarily Child 188 but possibly with elements of 187)
  7. TBB 25, "Jock o' the Side" (1 text)
  9. Roud #82
  10. BI, C187