“The Undaunted Female (The Box Upon Her Head; The Staffordshire Maid; The Maid and the Robber)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.17(446))
Keywords: outlaw marriage
Found in: Canada(Mar) Britain(England)


A servant girl sets out for home to help her father. She meets a robber and kills him. She meets another stranger who returns with her to the body. They find a whistle which summons more robbers. Girl and stranger dispose of them and agree to marry



  1. Laws L3, "The Undaunted Female"
  2. Mackenzie 130, "The Box Upon Her Head" (1 text)
  3. BBI, ZN514, "Come all ye young gallants and listen a while" (?)
  4. DT 419, MAIDROBR
  5. Roud #289
  6. BI, LL03