“The Belfast Cockabendy”


Cockabendy, a Belfast street fiddler, meets a girl. They drink, he plays, and the girl lifts his watch and chain. While he sleeps, drunk, she pledges his last coins for brandy. He asks her to advance the price of a pint. Instead, she hits him in the nose.


Leyden: "A colourful account of the amorous pursuits of one Cockabendy. There was in fact such a person with that nickname in Belfast: he was a fiddle player ...." - BS


  1. Leyden 29, "The Belfast Cockabendy" (1 text)
  2. BI, Leyd029


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1817 (according to Leyden)