Sir Patrick Spens/Spence: Fictional character known from the ballad "Sir Patrick Spens," which is #58 in Francis James Child's catalog of "The English and Scottish Popular Ballads." Spens was "as good a sailor as every sailed the sea." The king calls on him to make a voyage (perhaps to fetch "the king's daughter of Norroway"). The season is bad, and the sailors see signs of storms. But Sir Patrick feels compelled to sail, and the ship sinks: "Half o'er, half o'er to Aberdour, it's fifty fathoms deep, And there lies good Sir Patrick Spens, With the Scots lords at his feet." It has been hypothesized that the story has to do with the voyage to bring Margaret Maid of Norway home to rule Scotland, but the song is not likely to be that old.