“Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828 (Buchan)
Keywords: robbery outlaw fight
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))


A "merry merchant" comes to a tavern and finds himself in a series of contests with (a disguised) Jock the Leg. They set out together, and Jock demands the merchant's pack. The merchant fights him off, then six of his men as well; they declare friendship


Child observes that this is essentially a Robin Hood ballad with the names changed. One wonders if it might not be a Scottish redaction of "The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Child 282, "Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 282, "Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant" (7 versions)
  4. Roud #3856
  5. BI, C282