The Fause Knight on the Road
3: The Dark Knight upon the Road

Versions from the Singing Tradition
1: The False Knight upon the Road
As sung by Belle Stewart, New Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
2: The False Knight upon the Road
As recited by Duncan Johnstone, Birnam, Dunkeld
3: The Dark Knight upon the Road
As sung by Martha (Peasie) Reid, Birnam, Dunkeld
4: The Dark Knight upon the Road
As sung by Ted Fury of Dublin in St Andrews, Fife
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From Martha (Peasie) Reid. Torwood, Birnam, Perthshire. Recorded by Peter and Lena Shepheard in June and September 1967 [Spr 67.4.8 and 67.5.24]. Peasie seemed only to recollect a few fragments of the ballad.

[30 June 1967]

'What is this?'
Said the dark knight upon the road;
Said the wee laddie (tae the dark knight upon the road)
'It's ma bannocks an' ma books.'

[15 September 1967]

What's that on your back?'
Said the dark knight upon the road,
'Ma bannocks an' ma books,'
Said the wee boy an' still he stood.'

'What are you doing so late?
Said the dark knight on the road.
'I'm goin to the school,'
Said the wee boy an' still he stood.'

or:

'What have you on your back?'
'My bannocks an' ma books.'

Peasie: "I cannae mind nae mair o it. He was just tryin the wee boy oot."

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