“The Bonny Sailor Boy”


A rich girl and a poor sailor are in love. The girl's father hears them courting in the garden, bursts in, and threatens the boy with transportation. The girl swears to remain faithful


OLochlainn-More 18: the boy is "a weaver lad and him apprentice bound." Roud makes this version #2934.

Morton-Maguire is like another Irish version (OLochlainn-More) in that the apprentice is a weaver; it ends "And so she sang and the valleys rang and she gained her apprentice boy." - BS


  • Jimmy McBeath, "My Darling Ploughman Boy" (on FSB1)


  1. Laws M22, "The Bonny Sailor Boy"
  2. Kennedy 163, "My Darling Ploughman Boy" (1 text, 1 tune, much worn down)
  3. Ord, p. 328, "My Bonnie Sailor Boy" (1 text)
  4. Creighton/Senior, p. 179, "Jolly Young Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. OLochlainn-More 18, "The Newry Prentice Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Morton-Maguire 39, pp. 127-128,171, "The Dandy Apprentice Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 745, BONSAIL*
  8. Roud #843
  9. BI, LM22


Alternate titles: “The Bonny Lighter Boy”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp & Marson)
Found in: Canada(Mar) Britain(Scotland,England(South)) Ireland