“Grace Darling (The Longstone Lighthouse)”


"Twas on the Longstone lighthouse there dwelt an Irish maid," Grace Darling. At dawn she saw "a storm tossed crew ... to the rocks were clinging." With her father's reluctant help, she launched a boat, rowed out, and "boldly saved that crew."


Ranson: "Grace Darling was the daughter of the light-house keeper on one of the Farne Islands (a group of Islands, also called The Staples, seventeen in number) two miles off the N.E. coast of Northumberland.... The song has evidently been adapted for Irish audiences." - BS

Historical references

  • Sep 7, 1838 - Grace Darling and her father rescue nine of the crew of Forfarshire (source: Ranson)


  1. Ranson, pp. 86-87, "The Longstone Lighthouse" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1441
  3. BI, Ran086


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1946 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland