“Courting in the Kitchen”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.18(275))
Keywords: courting rape betrayal punishment prison
Found in: Canada(Mar) Ireland


The singer warns listeners against love, "The devil's own invention." He courts a serving girl in her master's kitchen. When her master returns unexpectedly, she claims that the singer was forcing himself upon her. He winds up in prison

Same tune




  1. Laws Q16, "Courting in the Kitchen"
  2. Mackenzie 147, "Courting in the Kitchen" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. OLochlainn 32, "Coortin' in the Kitchen" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 527, COORTINK*
  5. Roud #1007
  6. BI, LQ16