“Tom Potts”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1657 (broadside)
Keywords: nobility servant courting contest father


A high-born lady loves Tom Potts, a serving man. She refuses Lord Phoenix's offer of marriage but her father overrides her. She sends word to Tom, who, aided by his master, challenges Phoenix. After several forms of contest he wins her.


  1. Child 109, "Tom Potts" (3 texts)
  2. BBI, ZN3263, "All you lords of Scotland fair"
  3. Roud #66
  4. BI, C109