“The Death of Parcy Reed”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1846 (Richardson's Border's Table Book)
Keywords: homicide revenge trick betrayal outlaw borderballad
Found in: Britain(England(North))


Parcy Reed captures the raider Crosier. Crosier plans vengeance. When Reed goes hunting, the Halls find him asleep, disable his weapons, then awaken him but refuse to stand with him against the Crosiers. Reed is fatally injures. (He makes his farewells)


  1. Child 193, "The Death of Parcy Reed" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 193, "The Death of Parcy Reed" (1 version)
  3. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 49-51, "The Death of Parcy Reed" (1 text, 1 tune) {theoretically Bronson's #1, but in fact the two have substantial differences}
  4. Leach, pp. 522-528, "The Death of Parcy Reed" (2 texts)
  5. OBB 146, "The Death of Parcy Reed" (1 text)
  7. Roud #335
  8. BI, C193