List of the Tales

List of the Tales

A listing of story titles included in the 1869 Walter Scott Publishing Co 24-volume edition of Wilson’s Tales of the Borders. Whilst this was a popular edition it only contained 299 of the 485 tales originally published.

The numbers at the end of each story’s title refer to the volume number in the above edition.

Anon (9 tales)

The Battle of Dryffe Sands – 15
The Convict – 22
The Cottar’s Daughter – 15
David Lorimer – 22
Guilty, or Not Guilty – 6
The Happy Conclusion – 16
The Mysterious Disappearance – 16
The Sea Fight – 19
The Sea Skirmish – 20

Alexander Bethune (4 tales)

The Ghost of Cairyburn – 11
The Ghost of Howdycraigs – 11
The Warning – 15
The Young Laird – 3

John Bethune (1 tale)

The Bewildered Student – 10

Alexander Campbell ( 40 tales)

The Assassin – 18
Autobiography of Willie Smith – 3
The Barley Bannock – 20
Chatelard – 9
The Countess of Cassilis – 16
The Countess of Wistonbury – 1
The Curate of Govan – 15
The Curse of Scotland – 19
Doctor Dobbie – 21
The Disaster of Johnny Armstrong – 1
Donald Gorm – 2
The Dream – 13
Duncan M’Arthur – 8
The Floshed Inn – 13
The Forger – 12
The Foundling at Sea – 18
The Good Man of Dryfield – 8
Grace Cameron – 16
The Hawick Spate – 19
The Highland Boy – 5
A Highland Tradition – 17
The Katheran – 4
Lady Rae – 22
The Laird of Lucky’s How – 9
Leein Jamie Murdieston – 8
The Lord of Hermitage – 19
The Merchant’s Daughter – 21
The Monk of Dryburgh – 4
The Monk of St.  Anthony – 4
The Mosstrooper – 12
The Penny Wedding – 7
Rattling, Roaring Willie – 5
The Recluse – 17
Retribution – 14
The Royal Nightcaps – 3
The Skean Dhu – 14
The Snow Storm of 1825 – 6
The Stone -Breaker – 18
The Surtout – 11
The Two Comrades – 11

Matthew Forster Conolly (5 tales)

Tales of the East Neuk of Fife: The Castle of Crail; or, King David and Maud – 10
Tales of the East Neuk of Fife: The Legend of the Church of Abercrombie – 10
Tales of the East Neuk of Fife: The Robbery at Pittenweem and the Porteous Mob – 17
Tales of the East Neuk of Fife: The Romance of the May – 10
Tales of the East Neuk of Fife: Story of Charles Gordon and Christina Cunningham – 17

Professor Thomas Gillespie (47 tales)

The Convivialists – 2
Dura Den; or, Second Thoughts are Best – 9
Early Recollection of a Son of the Hills – 4
The Enthusiast – 14
The Fair Maid of Cellardykes – 1
Family Incidents – 7
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Bonny Mary Gibson – 16
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Cairny Cave of Gavin Muir – 17
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Covenanters’ March – 15
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Curlers – 18
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Douglas Tragedy – 16
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Early Days of a Friend of the Covenant – 21
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Eskdalemuir Story – 16
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Fatal Mistake – 16
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Grandmother’s Narrative – 15
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Helen Palmer – 17
Gleanings of the Covenant.  James Renwick – 18
Gleanings of the Covenant.  John Govan’s Narrative – 20
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Kinaldy – 19
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Last Scrap – 23
Gleanings of the Covenant.  “Old Bluntie” – 20
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Old Isbel Kirk – 18
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Peden’s Farewell Sermon – 15
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Porter’s Hole – 17
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Persecution of the M’Michaels – 15
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Rescue at Enterkin – 16
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Sergeant Wilson – 17
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Shoes Reversed – 20
Gleanings of the Covenant.  Thomas Harkness of Lockberry – 20
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Trials of the Rev Samuel Austin – 19
Gleanings of the Covenant.  The Violated Coffin – 18
Home and the Gipsy Maid – 7
Kirkyards – 14
The Last of the Pedlars – 5
The Medal – 10
The Mistake Rectfied – 9
The Mountain Storm – 1
The Natural History of Idiots – 13
Peat-Casting Time – 10
Pheebe Fortune – 3
Philips Grey – 2
The Return – 7
The Social Man – 11
The Suicide’s Grave – 4
The Three Brethren – 9
Trees and Burns – 14
The Wedding – 12

William Hetherington, D.D. (1 tale)

The Seer’s Cave – 6

J H (1 tale)

The Laird of Darnick Tower – 7

John Howell (14 tales)

The Experimenter – 3
The Fortunes of William Wighton – 2
A Legend of Calder Muir – 17
Major Weir’s Coach – 5
The Man of War’s Man – 16
The Prisoner of War – 18
The Scottish Veteran – 12
The Sergeant’s Tales: The Palantines – 6
The Sergeant’s Tales: The Beggar’s Camp – 8
The Sergeant’s Tales: The Imprudent Marriage – 10
The Sergeant’s Tales: The John Square’s Voyage to India – 7
The Sergeant’s Tales: The Packman’s Journey to London – 9
The Seven Years’ Death – 14
The Slave – 4

Alexander Leighton (79 tales)

The Abduction – 9
The Amateur Lawyers – 7
The Amateur Robbery – 22
The Avenger; or, The Legend of Mary Lee – 19
The Bride of Bell’s Tower – 21
The Bride of Bramblehaugh – 18
The Burgher’s Tales: The Ancient Bureau – 22
The Burgher’s Tales: The Brownie of the West Bow – 23
The Burgher’s Tales: The House in Bell’s Wynd – 21
Caleb Crabbin – 10
Christie of the Cleek – 9
The Clerical Murderer – 15
The Contrast of Wives – 11
The Cradle of Logie – 23
The Crooked Comyn – 10
The Detective’s Tale: The Chance Question – 21
The Diamond Eyes – 22
The Domestic Griefs of Gustavus M’Iver – 19
The Dominie of St.  Fillans – 20
The Droich – 7
Duncan Schulebred’s Vision of Judgement – 5
The Faithful Wife – 23
Geordie Willison, and the Heiress of Castle Gower – 6
The Girl Forger – 23
Harden’s Revenge – 8
The Heroine: A Legend of the Canongate – 20
Hogmanay; or, The Lady of Ballochgray – 17
Hume and the Govenor of Berwick – 17
Kate Kennedy – 1
Laird Rorieson’s Will – 18
The Lawyer’s Tales: Lord Kames’s Puzzle – 23
The Lawyer’s Tales: The Story of Mysie Craig – 23
The Lawyer’s Tales: The Woman with the White Mice – 21
A Legend of Hollyrood – 14
The Legend of Fair Helen of Kirconnel – 9
The Linton Lairds, or Exclusive and Inclusive – 4
Lord Durie and Christie’s Will – 2
The Maiden Feast of Cairnkibbie – 4
Mike Maxwell and the Gretna Green Lovers – 12
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Ballad of Age and Youth – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Ballad of Ailie Faa – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Legend of Allerley Hall – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Legend of Craigullan – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Legend of the Fair Emergilde – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Legend of the Lady Katharine – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Legend of Mary Lee – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Romaunt of the Castle of Weir – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Romaunt of St.  Mary’s Wyne – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Romaunt of Sir Peregrine and the Lady Etheline – 24
The Miser of Newabbey – 20
Mr Samuel Ramsay Thriven: A Tale of Love and Bankruptcy – 16
The Old Chronicler’s Tales: The Death of James l – 15
The Old Chronicler’s Tales: The Death of James lll – 16
The Old Chronicler’s Tales: The Prince of Scotland – 14
Prescription: or, The 29th of September – 1
The Romance of the Siege of Perth – 10
Roseallan’s Daughter – 13
The Royal Raid – 3
The Sportsman of Outfieldhaugh – 19
The Story of Mary Brown – 23
The Story of the Pelican – 23
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Artist – 8
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Bereaved – 17
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Case of Evidence – 15
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Cherry-Stone – 8
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Condemned – 17
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Conscience Stricken – 5
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Cured Ingrate – 2
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Diver and the Bell – 3
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Glass Back – 12
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Henwife – 8
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Monomaniac – 18
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Somnambulist of Redcleugh – 6
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Suicide – 11
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Three Letters – 12
The Surgeon’s Tale: The Wager – 21
The Ten of Diamonds – 22
The Trials of Menie Dempster – 13
The Two Red Slippers – 23

Walter Logan (4 tales)

The Double-Bedded Room – 5
Ellen Arundel – 9
The Recluse of the Hebrides – 9
The Story of Clara Douglas – 4

James Maidment (3 tales)

The Cateran of Lochloy – 7
The Heir of Inshannock – 12
Mortlake: A Legend of Merton – 8

Theodore Martin (2 tales)

Bon Gaultier’s Tales: Country Quarters – 4
Bon Gaultier’s Tales: Mrs Humphrey Greenwood’s Tea-Party – 9

Patrick Maxwell (1 tale)

The White Woman of Tarras – 12

Hugh Miller (8 tales)

Bill Whyte – 5
The Lykewake – 7
Recollections of Burns – 2
Recollections of Ferguson – 1
The Salmon-Fisher of Udoll – 4
The Scottish Hunters of Hudson’s Bay – 12
Thomas of Chartres – 18
Widow of Dunskaith – 3

David M.0 Moir, ‘Delta’ (1 tale)

The Divinity Student – 5

Alexander Peterkin (1 tale)

The Parsonage: My Father’s Fireside – 6

Oliver Richardson (11 tales)

The Angler’s Tale – 16
The Dissolved Pledge – 19
The Duncan’s Yarn – 9
The Meeting at St.  Boswell’s – 10
The Physiognomist’s Tale – 8
The Restored Son – 14
The Rothesay Fisherman – 6
The School-Fellows – 11
The Sea-Storm – 12
The Story of Tom Bertram – 15
The Two Sailors – 13

Rev G Thomson (1 tale)

The Lost Heir of the House of Elphinstone – 20

John Mackay Wilson (66 tales)

The Adopted Son – 2
Archie Armstong – 5
Bill Stanley; or, A Sailor’s Story – 5
The Bride – 8
The Broken Heart.  A Tale of the Rebellion – 7
Charles Lawson – 9
The Covenanting Family – 14
The Cripple; or, Ebenezer the Disowned – 9
The Death of the Chevalier de la Beauté – 23
The Dominie and the Souter.  The Dominie’s Courtship – 13
The Dominie and the Souter.  The Souter’s Wedding – 13
The Dominie’s Class – 11
The Doom of Soulis – 8
The Faa’s Revenge – 1
The Fair – 4
The Festival – 14
The First-Foot – 10
The First and Second Marriage – 19
The Fugitive – 18
Grizel Cochrane.  A Tale of Tweedmouth Muir – 15
The Guidwife of Coldingham – 6
The Henpecked man – 8
I Canna be Fashed; or, Willie Grant’s Confessions – 10
The Irish Reaper – 16
Judith the Egyptian; or, The Fate of the Heir of Riccon – 7
The Laidley Worm of Spindleston Heugh – 6
Leaves from the Diary of an Aged Spinster – 6
Leaves from the Life of Alexander Hamilton – 19
The Leveller – 16
Lottery Hall – 13
Midside Maggie; or, The Bannock o’ Tollishill – 1
The Minstrel’s Tales: Edmund and Helen – 24
The Minstrel’s Tales: The Hermit of the Hill – 24
My Black Coat; or, The Breaking of the Bride’s China – 2
The Order of the Garter.  A Story of Wark Castle – 14
The Orphan – 23
Perseverance; or, The Autobiography of Roderic Gray – 16
Polworth on the Green – 14
The Poor Scholar – 7
The Procrastinator – 22
The Prodigal Son – 21
The Recollections of a Village Patriarch – 15
The Red Hall; or, Berwick in 1296 – 11
Roger Goldie’s Narrative – 17
The Royal Bridal – 3
Ruben Purves; or, the Speculator – 12
The Sabbath Wrecks – 6
Sayings and Doings of Peter Paterson – 20
The Seeker – 21
The Simple Man is the Beggar’s Brother – 17
Sir Patrick Hume: A Tale of the House of Marchmont – 9
The Smuggler – 11
The Solitary of the Cave – 4
Squire Ben – 15
Tibby Fowler – 23
Trials and Triumphs – 20
The Twin Brothers – 23
The Unbidden Guest – 17
The Unknown – 13
Ups and Downs; or, David Stuart’s Account of his Pilgrimage – 22
The Vacant Chair – 1
We’ll Have Another – 12
The Whitsome Tragedy – 3
The Widow’s Ae Son – 23
A Wife or The Wuddy – 2
Willie Wastle’s Account of His Wife – 18

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  4. I have an old (undated) hardback book of Tales of the Borders. It includes 4 tales not listed in your website: (1) “The Adventures of Launcelot Errington and his Nephew Mark; a Tale of Lindisferne [sic]“; (2) “The Deserted Wife”; (3) “Johnny Brotherton’s Five Sunny Days”; (4) The Minister’s Daughter”. Are these alternative titles?

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