“The Champion of Coute Hill”


William White meets Kate and convinces her to "try our skill" on Coute Hill. Though "manys a time he said to me 'No one I love but thee'," he marries Belle Madel, leaving her "ruined right, by William White, the champion of Coute Hill"

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Champion of Coute Hill, The
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In Smiling June the Roses Bloom

From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#75, pp. 250-251. From the singing of John Holland, Glenwood, 1961.

In smiling June where roses bloom
  And daisies they do grow,
Down by a brook my way I took,
  I carelessly did go
For to view those fields that nature yields
  Along the smiling rills,
Where I met quite my heart's delight,
  The champion of Court Hill.

(4 additional stanzas)


Is this "Coute Hill" or "Court Hill"? From Last Name Meanings site re "Coote": (origin: Local) Welsh Coed, a wood; Cor. Br., Coit and Cut. Coot-hill or Coit-hayle, the wood on the river." OLochlainn 67 and some -- but not all -- broadsides for "Nell Flaherty's Drake"/"Nell Flagherty's Drake" begin "My name it is Nell, quite candid I tell, I live near Cootehill I'll never deny..." (source: Bodleian Catalog; for example, see shelfmarks Firth b.27(148), Harding B 26(461), Harding B 15(216b); a Clonmell counter-example is Bodleian shelfmark 2806 b.11(218), and O'Conor p. 14 makes it "a cool hill"). - BS

Of course, there is always the possibility that someone just made a typographical error on a survey map somewhere.... - RVW


  1. Lehr/Best 18, "The Champion of Court Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manny/Wilson 75, "In Smiling June the Roses Bloom" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST LeBe018 (Partial)
  4. Roud #7066 and 9209
  5. BI, LeBe018


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Manny/Wilson)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)