“The Bloody Gardener”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1764 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 1(100)); ; c.1705 (broadside, NLScotland S.302.b.2(063))
Keywords: courting love virginity burial suicide homicide bird father mother gardening money punishment execution
Found in: Canada(Newf)


A lord loves a shepherd's daughter. His mother pays the gardner to kill and bury the shepherdess. The mother confesses and reveals the body. The lord kills himself. The lovers are buried together and the gardener is hanged.



  1. Peacock, pp. 668-670, "The Bloody Garden" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Karpeles-Newfoundland 25, "The Bloody Gardener" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #1700
  4. BI, Pea668