People/Characters: Sir Patrick Spens

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The Ballad Book by MacEdward Leach
The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles by John Jacob Niles
Body Count: Death in the Child Ballads by Susan O Friedman
A book of old English ballads by George Wharton Edwards
A Book of Scottish Ballads by David Buchan
Early ballads, illustrative of history, traditions, and customs : also, Ballads and songs of the peasantry of England, taken down from oral recitation and transcribed from private manuscripts, rare broadsides, and scarce publications by Robert Bell
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Volumes 1 through 5 by Francis James Child
Faber Book of Ballads by Matthew Hodgart
Folk Songs and Ballads of Scotland [score] by Ewan MacColl
Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick by Helen Creighton
Folktales of the Scottish Borders by William & Susan Pratt
The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection: Volume 1 by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw
The Heritage Book of Ballads by MacEdward Leach
Maryland Folklore and Folklife by George G. Carey
Medieval Ballads by Gwendolyn A. Morgan
Medieval English Literature by J. B. Trapp
Old English Ballads by Francis Barton Gummere
The Penguin Book of Ballads by Geoffrey Grigson
Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry by Thomas Percy
Scottish Ballads by Emily Lyle
The Scottish ballads by Robert Chambers
The Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads by Bertrand Harris Bronson
Sir Patrick Spens and Other Ballads by Anon
The Song Repertoire of Amelia and Jane Harris (Scottish Text Society Fourth Series) by Emily Lyle
The traditional tunes of the Child ballads; with their texts, according to the extant records of Great Britain and America by Bertrand Harris Bronson
Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen: Travellers' Songs, Stories and Tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts by Elizabeth Stewart
The Viking Book of Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World by Albert B. Friedman

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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.

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