“Pat Malloy”


Pat, the singer, reports that his mother (burdened with thirteen children) at last had to send him out to fend for himself. He visits England and America, sending his earnings home. Finally he prepares to return to Ireland and his sweetheart Molly


Laws calls this "Pat Malloy," which we follow, but the name "Pat Molloy" is at least as common -- and it seems to have been the basis for the (probable) sequel "Return of Pat Molloy." Laws mentions a sequel, "Molly's Welcone to Pat Malloy." I haven't yet found a copy of this, so I don't know if it is the same as the other sequel, "Return of Pat Molloy." - RBW

Broadside LOCSinging sb40549a: 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

Cross references


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.9(28), "Pat Molloy," W.S. Fortey (London), 1858-1885; also 2806 b.11(24), "Pat Molloy!"; 2806 c.8(191), Johnson Ballads 3061, "Pat Malloy"
  • LOCSinging, sb40549a, "Pat Malloy," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864


  1. Laws Q24, "Pat Malloy"
  2. O'Conor, p. 116, "Pat Malloy" (1 text)
  3. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 333-335, "Pat Malloy" (1 text; tue on pp. 447-448)
  4. DT 533, PATMOLOY
  5. Roud #8809
  6. BI, LQ24


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1865 (broadside, LOCSinging sb40549a)
Found in: US(SE) Ireland