“The Clady River Water Bailiffs”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: fishing police
Found in: Ireland


The singer tells listeners where to go hunt salmon(-poachers). He praises the bailiffs who protect the streams, and describes how they watch the poachers. The bailiffs (?) will provide "dark and stormy weather" to any poachers on the water


Said by Sam Henry to have been written by a policeman, and while it's hard to tell because the song is so vague, this seems likely enough; the piece appears to praise the police who catch illegal salmon-fishers. - RBW


  1. SHenry H764, p. 32, "The Clady River Water Bailiffs" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13352
  3. BI, HHH764