by Debra Cowan
Known as “Archie O’ Cawfield” in Scotland and “Billy Broke Locks” in America, this story could be described as a Red Tape Ballad. It involves Archer, who is held in prison with assorted manacles, chains and heavy iron balls weighing about two tons. His friend, Bold Dickie, breaks into prison and carries Archer away, chains and all. The red tape comes in when the High Sheriff catches up with them and is not so much concerned with his escaped prisoner, but with the loss of two ton of ironmongery, which he has probably had to sign for at some point.