“Lovely Jamie”


Brothers Jamie and Darby sell their peat and drink away the proceeds. They enlist in the army and are sent to the Crimea. At Sevastopol, Jamie loses his legs. The rest of the song wonders how the family will survive with him crippled

Historical references

  • 1853-1856 - Crimean War (Britain and France actively at war with Russia 1854-1855)
  • Nov 5, 1854 - Battle of Inkerman clears the way for the siege of Sevastopol (the city fell in the fall of 1855)

Cross references


  1. SHenry H618, pp. 85-86, "Lovely Jamie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9045
  3. BI, HHH618


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland