“The Flower of Corby Mill”


The singer sets out to praise the Flower of Corby Mill. He describes meeting her on his was to Butler's Fair. At the fair, he and his friends drink deep and toast the girl. He refuses to name her lest her parents be angry, but she is a mill worker.


Tunney-SongsThunder: "Corby Mill was almost certainly situated on the Clough River and was built in 1789 by Ben Shaw."

While the place names are changed Morton-Maguire notes "this song is obviously a close relation to that given the title of 'The Flower of Corby Mill." In the last verse of Morton-Maguire "she says herself she'll marry me."

Other hidden name songs include "The Flower of Benbrada," "The Lovely Banks of Mourne," "The Santa Fe Trail," "Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce hi (For Ireland I Will Not Tell Whom She Is)," "The Pride of Kilkee" and "Drihaureen O Mo Chree (Little Brother of My Heart)" - BS


  1. SHenry H612, pp. 242-243, "The Flower of Corby Mill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Tunney-SongsThunder, pp. 176-178, "The Flower of Corby Mill" (1 text)
  3. McBride 30, "The Flower of Corby's Mill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Morton-Maguire 26, pp. 67-68,114,167, "The Maid of Colehill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #2928
  6. BI, HHH612


Author: William Brownlee (source: Tunney-SongsThunder)
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: beauty drink
Found in: Ireland