“Charming Blue-eyed Mary”


Jimmy meets Mary, "got the will of" her, and gives her a diamond ring as a token. He returns from sea after eight months as a captain. He proposes. She accepts.


There may be one broadside for this ballad as "Charming blue-eyed Mary" at Bodleian Library site Ballads Catalogue printed at Glasgow between 1851 and 1910, shelfmark 2806 c.13(72); I could not read this copy. - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3354), "Blue Ey'd Mary" ("As I walked out one morning"), J. Pearson (Epworth), n.d.
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:031, "Blue Ey'd Mary," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(041), "Blue Ey'd Mary," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c. 1855


  • Mary Delaney, "Charming Blue Eyed Mary" (on IRTravellers01)


  1. Lehr/Best 19, "Charming Blue-eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. SHenry H785, p. 399, 'My Darling Blue-Eyed Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, LeBe019


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Canada(Newf) Ireland