“The Young Maid's Love”


The singer loves a rich merchant's daughter, but her father arranges for him to be inducted into the navy. His ship wins a great victory at sea, and the prize money makes him rich. He returns home and is allowed to marry the girl


Sam Henry theorizes that this song dates to the period of the Spanish Armada, because in his text the ship fights "twenty-two sail of Spaniards." The internal evidence opposes this; in the same text, the singer meets the girl outside Glasgow -- but at the time of the Armada, Scotland and England were still separate countries. - RBW


  • Bodleian, Firth c.18(160), "The Young Maids Love," unknown, n.d.


  1. SHenry H58, p. 446, "Eliza/When I Landed in Glasgow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. OLochlainn 45, "The Young Maid's Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3019
  4. BI, HHH058


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland