“The Old Leather Breeches”


"At the sign of the bell, on the road to Clonmel, Paddy Hegarty kept a night shaybeen." When a party arrives demanding food and drink, Paddy supplies liquor, but for food can only cut up his leather breeches. When the trick is discovered, a riot ensues


Morton-Maguire: "It is common throughout Ireland and I have heard [it] in the Border's of Scotland."

The date and master id (GB-2648-1/2) for Hayward's record is provided by Bill Dean-Myatt, MPhil. compiler of the Scottish National Discography. - BS


  • LOCSinging, as110230, "Old Leather Breeches!," unknown, 19C


  • Richard Hayward, Ireland Calling (Glasgow,n.d.), pp. 14-15, "The Ould Leather Breeches" (text, music and reference to Decca F-2266 recorded Feb 6, 1931)


  1. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 232-233, "The Old Leather Breeches" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. O'Conor, p. 75, "The Old Leather Breeches" (1 text)
  3. OLochlainn 67A, "The Old Leather Breeches" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 71-72, "Leather Britches" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Morton-Maguire 37, pp. 123-125,171, "The Old Leather Britches" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 22-24, "The Ould Leather Breeches" (1 text)
  7. Roud #923
  8. BI, MCB232


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1901 (OConor); 19C (broadside, LOCSinging as110230)
Keywords: drink clothes party
Found in: Ireland Australia Canada(Newf)