“The Old Settoo”


A rich farmer's daughter courts a beggar wearing an old settoo. Her father tries unsuccessfully to dissuade her. She joins the beggar begging. They get married. "The cold of winter she never knew, For every night I rolled her in my old set-too"


OLochlainn 26A: "Settoo = Surtout, Overcoat."

OLochlainn-More 26A shares lines with "A-Begging I Will Go": "Above all trades going sure begging is the best, When a man is tired he may sit down and rest," "When night comes on for lodgings we seek, They will put us in the barn us both to sleep" - BS

Cross references


  1. OLochlainn-More 26A, "The Old Settoo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OLcM026A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (OLochlainn-More)
Found in: Ireland