Lady Helen , the daughter of the Provost of Dundee is left alone by her parents in her home of Broughty Castle. Her lover comes to visit her, but then the castle is invaded by armed men who carry the pair off to the highlands, throwing away the keys they had used to enter the castle. Along the way, she jumps into the river followed by her lover. She swims away and escapes, while he drowns. She makes her way back to Dundee relieved that she had learnt to swim. [SF]
Child, F. J., ed. (1882-95). The English and Scottish popular ballads. Reprinted 1965. New York: Dover Publications. Vol. IV pp. 423-424.
Adult (male) x 1 / Adult (female) x 1 / <Adult (male) x 2> / <Adult (female) x 1>
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Child, F. J., ed. (1882-95). The English and Scottish popular ballads. Reprinted 1965. New York: Dover Publications. / Bronson, B. H., ed. (1959-72). The traditional tunes of the Child ballads. Princeton: Princeton University Press. / Würzbach, N. and Salz, S. M. (1995). Motif Index of the Child Corpus. Berlin: de Gruyter.