“The Bold Rake”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (OLochlainn); c.1867 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.9(60))
Keywords: seduction infidelity promise separation rake wife
Found in: Ireland


Johnny meets Sally at Culgreany chapel. He promises to marry her. They spend two nights and all her money together and he decides to leave. Johnny will confess to his clergy; if forgiven he will "go home to Longacre and live with my own lawful wife"


Broadside LOCSinging as101320 appears to be the same as Bodleian 2806 b.9(60) printed by P. Brereton (Dublin). - BS



  1. OLochlainn 37, "The Bold Rake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3036
  3. BI, OLoc037