“Mary Machree”


"The flower of the valley was Mary Machree," whose beauty is described at length. Her soldier love goes away for many years, leaving her pining on the shore. At last, in the winter, he returns to her


Broadside LOCSinging sb30316a: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Same tune

  • Come Home to Me, Love (per broadside LOCSinging sb30316a)


  • Bodleian, Firth b.25(44), "Mary Machree," Birt (London), 1833-1841; also Harding B 15(187a), Firth c.26(239), "Mary Machree"
  • LOCSinging, sb30316a, "Mary Machree," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878


  1. SHenry H485, p. 308, "Mary Machree" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. O'Conor, p. 154, "Mary Machree" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3231
  4. BI, HHH485


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1842 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.25(44))
Found in: Ireland