Lord Ullin’s Daughter is one of the most popular romantic poems of Thomas Campbell. It describes the tragic tale of Lord Ullin’s daughter and her lover, a Scottish chieftain.
The poem begins with the girl and the chieftain arriving at the bank of Lochgyle with an intention to escape from his angry father. He is against their love. Lord Ullin gives a hot chase with his horsemen to arrest and kill his daughter’s lover.
However, the lovers finally reach a large lake called the loch and request the boatman to ferry them across. The boatman says that it is a stormy night and going into the lake in this weather can be quite dangerous. The chieftain's son offers the boatman a silver pound to ferry them across and tells boatman that they have been running for 3 days now and will be killed by lord Ullin’s if he is caught. The girl also pleads with him and says she will rather face the stormy weather than her angry father.
The brave boatman offers to take them across. He says that he does so not for money, but because of the charming lady. The boat leaves the shore. But the winds are hard and the tempest too strong. The dark clouds gather all around. The boat soon capsizes and Just at that moment Lord Ullin reaches the bank.
His anger melts away when he sees one lovely hand of his daughter stretching for help and other put around her lover. He calls out to her in grief, promising to accept her lover the chief's son. But it is too late. The boatman and the two lovers are drowned in the turbulent water.