“Miss Bridget Adair”


Bridget Adair is a forty year old spinster. One morning a man comes to her door and said "Miss Bridget, I die for you." She likes his demeanour. Then he gives her silks she had sent him to dye "a beautiful mazarine blue." She cries with disappointment.


The Albert Memorial, cited in the song ["It was just as the Albert Memorial struck nine, And Miss Bridget was just out of bed"], was completed 1876 (source: The Victorian Web site). That puts an earliest possible date on the Hayward-Ulster version. - BS


  1. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 74-75, "Miss Bridget Adair" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6536
  3. BI, HayU074


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Hayward-Ulster)
Keywords: oldmaid
Found in: Ireland