“Darling Old Stick”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1853 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(798))
Keywords: marriage fight trial humorous
Found in: Ireland Canada(Mar)


Bull Morgan McCarthy inherits his brother's shillelah and fights with those he'd heard of as "informer" and "canary." Partly as result, partly as cause, he meets Kate. "I bought this gold ring, sir, And Kate to the priest I shall bring, sir"

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  1. Mackenzie 137, "Bull Morgan McCarthy" (1 text)
  2. O'Conor, p. 51, "Darling Old Stick" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3276
  4. BI, Mack137