“Finikin Lass (Finnigan Lasses)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1205))
Keywords: shrewishness infidelity marriage beauty clothes humorous scatological wife
Found in: Canada(Newf)


The singer marries a boarding school bred lady who does nothing but read novels. One day he catches her in the cellar "paying the rent." "I'd rather marry the devil than wed with a boarding school lass." "So beware of the Finnegan lasses"


For a definition of "finikin," specifically "precise in trifles, idly busy," see TheFreeDictionary site. The word is like current "finicky."

There is also a parody at Bodleian, Harding B 11(1206), "The Finiken Man," J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844 - BS



  1. Peacock, pp. 269-271, "Finnigan Lasses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2382
  3. BI, Pea269