“Paddy Carey”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1813 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 17(232a))
Keywords: courting army recruiting money humorous rake


Recruiting Sergeant Snapp meets Paddy Carey, a great favorite with the women. He enlists Paddy for a shilling "while Pat was coaxing duck-legged Mary." At that ugly widow Leary gives Paddy money for a ring. He outfits himself as a captain and leaves.


Broadside Bodleian Harding B 17(232a) is used as the basis for the description since O'Conor ends his song before widow Leary comes on the scene. - BS

It should be noted that this song was printed at a time when commission by purchase was still the norm in the British army. - RBW



  1. O'Conor, p. 20, "Paddy Carey" (1 text)
  2. BI, OCon020