“Pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare”


A sailor tries to win Susie's love; she rejects him because he is poor. Instead she gives her love to a rich man. The sailor goes back to sea but never finds another woman as beautiful as Susie


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3331), "Pretty Susan the Pride of Kildare," J. Howe (Hull), 1835-1843; also Harding B 17(246b), Harding B 11(3169), Harding B 11(3168), Firth c.18(89), Harding B 11(3167), 2806 c.16(68), Firth b.26(293), Johnson Ballads 3196, Firth c.16(437), Harding B 11(1717), Firth b.27(339), Firth b.25(496), Harding B 11(1110), Firth c.16(437), "Pretty Susan the Pride of Kildare"
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:118, "Pretty Susan the Pride of Kildare," unknown, 19C


  • Angelo Dornan, "Pretty Susan" (on Miramichi1)


  1. Laws P6, "Pretty Susan, the Pride of Kildare"
  2. BrownII 132, "Pretty Susie, The Pride of Kildare" (1 text)
  3. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 131-133, "The Pride of Kildare" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. OLochlainn-More 83, "Pretty Susan the Pride of Kildare" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 48, "Pretty Susan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Manny/Wilson 88, "Pretty Susan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 481, "Little Susin, the Pride of Kildore" (source notes only)
  8. DT 724, PRETSUSI
  9. Roud #962
  10. BI, LP06


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes); before 1844 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3331))
Keywords: courting poverty beauty
Found in: US(SE) Britain(England(South)) Canada(Mar) Ireland