“The Slaughter of the Laird of Mellerstain”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828
Keywords: death mourning homicide


Fragment: A fair lady is heard lamenting for her slain husband, "John Hately, the Laird of Mellerstain." She laments that her ladies were not men who could have stood by him as he was killed.

Historical references


  1. Child 230, "The Slaughter of the Laird of Mellerstain" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4020
  3. BI, C230