Bonny Young Irish Boy, The [Laws P26]

DESCRIPTION: The girl is sorely hurt when her Irish boy leaves her to cross the ocean. She follows him across the sea, only to learn that he has married another. She dies of a broken heart and asks to be buried in Ireland
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 20(178))
KEYWORDS: separation rejection marriage death burial
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland Canada(Newf,Ont) US(Ro)
REFERENCES (13 citations):
Laws P26, "The Bonny Young Irish Boy"
Greig #48, p. 1, "My Bonnie Irish Boy" (1 text)
GreigDuncan6 1080, "My Bonnie Irish Boy" (9 texts, 6 tunes)
Ord, pp. 162-163, "My Bonnie Irish Boy" (1 text)
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 152-153, "The Bonny Irish Boy" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 95, "The Bonny Young Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 562-563, "My Bonnie Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigné, pp. 275-279, "My Bonny Irish Boy (Bonny Irish Boy)" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
SHenry H168, pp. 399-400, "My Bonnie Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morton-Maguire 40, pp. 128-129,171, "The Bonny Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 64, "The Bonnie Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #66, "My Bonny Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #565
O. J. Abbott, "The Bonny Irish Boy" (on Abbott1)
Mr. M. Curran, "The Bonny Irish Boy" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
John Maguire, "The Bonny Irish Boy" (on IRJMaguire01)

Bodleian, Harding B 20(178), "The Bonny Irish Boy" ("It's once I was courted by a bonny Irish boy"), J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also 2806 b.11(276), "Bonny Irish Boy"; 2806 b.11(186), "My Bonnie Irish Boy"
cf. "Cupid's Trepan (Cupid's Trappan, The Bonny Bird)" (tune)
NOTES [45 words]: In the Bodleian broadsides the singer has not died yet: "In rattling of my chains and on a bed of straw I lie."
One of Guigné's texts is a verse from Bodleian broadside 2806 b.11(186), cited above. Another is a verse from SHenry H168, pp. 399-400, "My Bonnie Irish Boy." - BS
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