“Corunna's Lone Shore (Wandering Nellie)”


"Do you weed for the woes of poor wandering Nellie? I love you for that, but I love now no more. All I had long ago lies entomb'd with my Billy, Whose grave rises green on Corunna's lone shore." She describes his battle death, wishing to see his ghost

Historical references

  • Jan 16, 1809 - Battle of Corunna. Marshal Soult of France, who has pursued Sir John Moore's British force some 400 km. through the winter, at last attack the British force. The outnumbered English repel the French and are able to evacuate their army, but Moore and many others are slain


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 81-83, "Corunna's Lone Shore" (1 text)
  2. Roud #13114
  3. BI, FVS081


Author: Andrew Sharpe
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)