“Laurel Hill”


The singer recalls sailing from Ireland to fight Napoleon with Wellington. He fights in Spain and all the way to Waterloo. At last her returns to find his love bewailing his death. He reveals himself to her; they settle down. He praises Wellington


The ballad is recorded on one of the CD's issued around the time of the bicentenial of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. See:

Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "Sweet Laurel Hill" (on Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte," Hummingbird Records HBCD0027 (2001)) - BS

Historical references

  • 1809 - Wellington takes command in the Peninsula (to 1814)
  • 1815 - Battle of Waterloo

Cross references


  1. SHenry H8, pp. 311-312, "Laurel Hill/Kyle's Flowery Braes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Moylan 193, "Laurel Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #2917
  5. BI, HHH008


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