|Date||1803 or earlier|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-09-02. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-18.
Child's title for this ballad is Erlinton. It exists in three versions, one of which features Robin Hood. This, the C version, is called Robin Hood and the Tanner's Daughter. Child reprints it from the edition in "Gutch's Robin Hood, [which was printed] from a manuscript of Mr Payne Collier, supposed to have been written about 1650". As John Payne Collier had been exposed as a literary forger already around the mid-19th century and this version of Erlinton was known only from Collier's MS, Child's decision to include it in his collection without even noting the possibility it might be a forgery seems highly questionable.
- Child, Francis James, ed.; [Kittredge, G.L., ed.]; [Ireland, Catharine Innes, bibl.], The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Boston and New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, [1882-1898]), vol. I, pp. 106-11. Additions and corrections: vol. III, pp. 498-99; vol. IV, pp. 445-47.