“The Ould Bog Hole”


"O, the pigs are in the mire and the cow is at the grass And a man without a woman is no better than an ass." The singer courts Judy; she calls him a rake; he says he will be reform and hopes for as many children as there are "days in Lent." She consents

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 20(293), "Old Bog Hole", T. Taylor (London), 1859-1899; also Harding B 26(489), "Ould Bog Hole"; Harding B 17(228b), "Oul' Bog Hole"
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:013, "The Oul Bog Hole", J Bristow (Glasgow), 19C; also Mu23-y1:036, Mu23-y1:037, "The Oul' Bog Hole," James Lindsay, 19C [not the same as the preceding]
  • NLScotland, LC.Fol.187.A.2(067), "The Oul' Bog Hole," unknown, c. 1860


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 290-292, "The Ould Bog Hole" (1 text)
  2. O'Conor, p. 65, "The Old Bog Hole" (1 text)
  3. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 36-37, "The Ould Bog Hole" (1 text)
  4. Roud #6128
  5. BI, FVS290


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford); broadside Harding B 20(293) appears to be nineteenth century
Keywords: love courting humorous
Found in: Britain(Scotland) Ireland