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18th century, Irish.

"Carrickfergus" is an Irish folk song, named after the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The origins of the song are unclear, but it has been traced to an Irish language song, "Do bhí bean uasal" ("There Was a Noblewoman"), which is attested to the poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna, who died in 1745 in County Clare.
The song appears on a ballad sheet in Cork City in the mid nineteenth century in macaronic form. The Irish lyrics were about a man being cuckolded, a bawdy and humorous ditty. By contrast, the English lyrics are nostalgic.
With the Industrial Revolution, a linen-trade developed between County Antrim(where Carrickfergus is situated), and Co. Cork. It is possible the English lyrics came from snatches picked up in interactions between the Cork men and the Antrim men.
Robert Gogan suggests Carrickfergus may have evolved from at least two separate songs which would explain why it does not have a consistent narrative. For example, the Ancient Music of Ireland, published by George Petrie in 1855, contained a song called "The Young Lady" which featured many but not all of the lyrics used in Carrickfergus. Gogan also refers to a recording of a song called "Sweet Maggie Gordon" which is kept in the Music for the Nation section of the US Library of Congress. It was published by Mrs Pauline Lieder in New York in 1880. It contains verses which are similar to Carrickfergus, but the chorus is closer to another Irish/Scottish folk song called "Peggy Gordon".

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from Fairy's Love Song, released December 7, 2015
Jenna Greene: Vocals

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Lady Moon with Kellianna & Jenna Greene Massachusetts

Lady Moon is the celebrated pairing of Neo-Celtic artists Kellianna and Jenna Greene. With ethereal vocals and lilting harp, this album features otherworldly harmonies on centuries old traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland and early America. Prepare to be transported to magical realms by the vocal styling of this exquisite duo. ... more

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