“The Belfast Cockabendy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1817 (according to Leyden)
Keywords: courting theft drink fiddle money injury

Description

Cockabendy, a Belfast street fiddler, meets a girl. They drink, he plays, and the girl lifts his watch and chain. While he sleeps, drunk, she pledges his last coins for brandy. He asks her to advance the price of a pint. Instead, she hits him in the nose.

Notes

Leyden: "A colourful account of the amorous pursuits of one Cockabendy. There was in fact such a person with that nickname in Belfast: he was a fiddle player ...." - BS

References

  1. Leyden 29, "The Belfast Cockabendy" (1 text)
  2. BI, Leyd029