“The Great Elopement to America”


Mick courts Nancy Keays, "a rich farmer's daughter." Her father will not agree to the marriage. With her 500 pounds they elope. Her father searches through Ireland without success and posts a reward for their arrest, but they are safe in America.

Cross references

  • cf. "M'Kenna's Dream" (tune, broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(201))
  • cf. "The Gallant Farmers' Farewell to Ireland" (words, and references there)
  • cf. "William and Phillis" (plot)


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.8(158), "The Great Elopement to America" ("Farewell to old Ireland the land of my fathers)," Haly (Cork), 19C


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 19C (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.8(158))