“The Bold Rake”


Johnny meets Sally at Culgreany chapel. He promises to marry her. They spend two nights and all her money together and he decides to leave. Johnny will confess to his clergy; if forgiven he will "go home to Longacre and live with my own lawful wife"


Broadside LOCSinging as101320 appears to be the same as Bodleian 2806 b.9(60) printed by P. Brereton (Dublin). - BS


  • Bodleian, 2806 b.9(60), "The Bold Rake" ("I am a bold rake and this nation I travel'd all round)" , P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867
  • LOCSinging, as101320, "The Bold Rake," P. Brereton (Dublin), 19C


  1. OLochlainn 37, "The Bold Rake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3036
  3. BI, OLoc037


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (OLochlainn); c.1867 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.9(60))
Found in: Ireland