Thanks for the imput- didn't mean to open a can of worms. I think it's best to state the facts only and keep my opinions and intuitions out of it. It's clear to me that mistakes have been made by collectors, informants and performers. I may point out discrepancies but I'll try to refrain from making judgements.
I'm moving on to Child 277: The Wife Wrapt in Wether's Skin
I have a question about Child B. 'Robin he's gane to the wude,' Harris Manuscript, fol. D. 26 b.
Child's title for B seems wrong (supplied by Jamieson?) since those lyrics are not part of the ballad. Perhaps, 'Robin he's gane to the wast' should be inserted.
Waht do you think?