“By Kells Waters (Kellswaterside)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1856 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.11(201))
Keywords: love courting home marriage beauty
Found in: Ireland Canada(Newf)


The singer sets out and stops, seemingly at random, at a cottage by Kellswater. He introduces himself to the girl, and asks her to marry. She thanks him for the offer but refuses. He tells her of the birdsongs and other joys of his home. She gives in

Same tune

Cross references



  1. SHenry H802, p. 466, "Kellswaterside" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. McBride 26, "Fair Randalstown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lehr/Best 104, "The Sweet Town of Anthony" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Creighton-Maritime, p. 51, "By Kells Waters" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT, KELLWAT2*
  6. Roud #2730
  7. BI, HHH802