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Thread #3633   Message #18635
Posted By: Bruce O.
03-Jan-98 - 12:13 PM
Thread Name: Lair of the White Worm
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
The political connection appears to be unfounded.

"The Worme of Lambton" is given as a tale, not a song, in Sir Cuthbert Sharpe's 'The Bishoprick Garland', 1834 (reprinted 1969). Four verses are given there of a fragment of an old ballad, which may have been connected to the story.
Sir John Lambton was evidently a Knight of Rhodes.

Another Northumberland worm (serpent)is "The Laidley Worm of Spindelston Heughs", which Child gave as an appendix to #34, "Kemp Owyne".