“My Gentle Colleen Bawn”


The singer courts Colleen Bawn for 16 months. He is rich and "her friends all kindly welcomed me" He loses his money and is told "They'd forced my own colleen to wed An old man for his gold" He asks why "in our own dear land ... They wed for money"


Broadsides LOCSinging as113780 and Bodleian 2806 c.7(21) are duplicates, [as are] LOCSinging as104070 and Bodleian 2806 b.9(7). - BS


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.7(21), "Tipperary Mans Courtship ," P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867 ; also 2806 b.9(7), "For 16 Months I Courted Her"
  • LOCSinging, as113780, "Tipperary Mans Courtship," unknown, 19C; also as104070, "For 16 Months I Courted Her"


  1. OLochlainn-More 24, "My Gentle Colleen Bawn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4391
  3. BI, OLcM024


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (OLochlainn-More)
Found in: Ireland