“Belfast Town”


Mary is keeping sheep when Prince Dermott rides out hunting. He sees her and falls in love. When he asks her hand, she says she is too poor. He persists, and asks her mother of her ancestry. The girl proves to be Dermott's lost cousin


I find myself surprised that the Catholic Irish would make so little objection to first cousins marrying. - RBW

Leyden's text seems to be SHenry H45, with its apparent misplacement of verse 2, but the tune is different. - BS

Cross references


  1. SHenry H45, pp. 477-478, "Belfast Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Leyden 28, "Belfast Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3579
  4. BI, HHH045


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland