“The Knight's Ghost”

Author: unknown
Keywords: death sailor prison dream ghost reprieve knight
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))


The lady comes to the seashore to meet her lord from sea; the sailors tell her he is slain. She gets them drunk and locks them away. Asleep in her room, the knight comes to her and tells her to release the sailors, then tells parts of her future


Child says of this piece that it "has not a perceptible globule of old blood in it," and he may be right (Bronson's comment is that it is "pointless") -- but its only real defect is that the knight returns in a dream rather than his ghost walking to rescue his sailors from their unfair treatment. The ending is, in a way, realistic; the lady will live a normal life rather than pining away with grief. - RBW


  1. Child 265, "The Knight's Ghost" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 265, "The Knight's Ghost" (1 version)
  3. Roud #3889
  4. BI, C265