Cork Leg, The

DESCRIPTION: "A tale I will tell, without any flam -- In Holland dwelt Mynheer von Clam." Clam, wealthy and self-indulgent, kicks a begger and breaks his leg. A surgeon amputates. Clam has a replacement made -- which has a mind of its own and will not stop running
AUTHOR: Henry Glassford Bell
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3925))
KEYWORDS: humorous wordplay injury doctor technology
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland) Ireland
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 332-334, "The Cork Leg" (1 text)
Hayward-Ulster, pp. 47-48, "The Cork Leg" (1 text)
Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 144-145, "The Cork Leg" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #4376
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3925), "The Cork Leg" ("A tale I tell now without any flam"), J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838 ; also Harding B 25(419), Firth c.26(295) [final lines illegible], Harding B 11(4289), Harding B 11(2604), Harding B 11(2605), "The Cork Leg"
Murray, Mu23-y4:039, "The Cork Leg," unknown, 19C

Oil on the Brain ("A fellow came from the city of York," by B. C. L.) (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 114)
File: FVS332

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