“Grace Darling (The Longstone Lighthouse)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1946 (Ranson)
Keywords: drowning sea ship storm wreck sailor rescue
Found in: Ireland

Description

"Twas on the Longstone lighthouse there dwelt an Irish maid," Grace Darling. At dawn she saw "a storm tossed crew ... to the rocks were clinging." With her father's reluctant help, she launched a boat, rowed out, and "boldly saved that crew."

Notes

Ranson: "Grace Darling was the daughter of the light-house keeper on one of the Farne Islands (a group of Islands, also called The Staples, seventeen in number) two miles off the N.E. coast of Northumberland.... The song has evidently been adapted for Irish audiences." - BS

Historical references

References

  1. Ranson, pp. 86-87, "The Longstone Lighthouse" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1441
  3. BI, Ran086