“Richie Story”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Skene ms.)
Keywords: nobility love poverty servant courting family elopement
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Mar)

Description

An Earl's daughter is courted by one or more noble lords, but loves none but her father's servant, Richie Story. He tries to dissuade her by pointing out his poverty. At last he gives in. She goes with him and is set to work in his household

Notes

Child considers "The Duke of Athol" (="Huntingtower," Laws O23) to be a relative of this song, probably a rewrite. It should be noted, however, that the plots are by no means identical (and it appears that the influence, if any, goes the other way; "Huntingtower" ends with the revelation that the lover is rich, which feature Child considers an addition to "Richie Story"), and there is little lyrical similarity. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 232, "Richie Story" (9 texts, but the text in the appendix is "When Will Ye Gang Awa'? (Huntingtower)" [Laws O23])
  2. Bronson 232, "Richie Story" (9 versions, but #9 is "When Will Ye Gang Awa'? (Huntingtower)" [Laws O23], and #7 and #8 may be as well)
  3. Leach, pp. 592-593, "Richie Storie" (1 text)
  4. DT 232, RICHILAD*
  5. Roud #97
  6. BI, C232