Kate Carney

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Kate Carney
Born Catherine Mary Pattinson
Southwark, London, England
Died 1 January 1950(1950-01-01) (aged 80)
Wandsworth, London
Resting place Putney Vale Cemetery (Plot D5 no 47)
Occupation Singer, music hall artist, theatre operator
Spouse(s) Stage Name: George Barclay (b. 1868) Real Name: George Shea
Children George (b. 1887)
Richard (b. 1889)
William (b. 1891)
Harry (b. 1893)
Kate (b. 1899)
Relatives Gladys Mavius

Kate Carney (1869 – 1 January 1950)[1] was an English singer and comedian who played the music halls in London.

She was born in Southwark, London, in 1869 as Catherine Mary Pattinson,[2][3] and first appeared as Kate Carney in 1890 at the Albert Music Hall in Canning Town, singing Irish songs. She was, however, more famous for her Cockney songs, and became known as the Coster Comedienne. Her act, a mixture of comedy and pathos, included such songs as "Are We to Part Like This, Bill?"[1]

She appeared in the Royal Variety Performance in 1935, and, following the death of her husband, became the lessee of the Grand Theatre, Clapham Junction [4] in her own right. Carney continued to perform until just before she died in 1950,[5] at the age of 80.

She married George Barclay (b. 1868 Lambeth), a commission agent, in 1886, and had at least 5 children all born in Newington, including:

  • George (b. 1887)
  • Richard (b. 1889)
  • William Edward (1891-1915)
  • Harry (b. 1893)
  • Kate (b. 1899) [3]

She is buried with her husband and a son William, in Putney Vale Cemetery (Plot D5 no 47).[6] She was also the mother-in-law of the Canadian dancer, Gladys Mavius.


  • Are We to Part Like This, Bill
  • Three Pots a Shilling
  • Sarah
  • A Donkey Cart Built for Two
  • Here's To An English Tar
  • Mother, I Love You
  • Stand Up For The Rose
  • There's A Nice Little Home A-Waiting


  1. ^ a b Gammond, Peter (1991). The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 101. ISBN 0-19-311323-6. 
  2. ^ No GRO birth entry under the surname Carney
  3. ^ a b 1901 census: RG13/475 f.162 p.28 - 221 Brixton Hill, Streatham - Kate Barclay, born Southwark, London
  4. ^ "Theatres and Halls in Clapham Junction and Battersea". 
  5. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: MAR 1950 5d 759 WANDSWORTH - Catherine M. Barclay, aged 80
  6. ^ "Music Hall and Variety Artistes Burial Places". 
  • Gammond, Peter. Oxford Companion to Popular Music. ISBN 0-19-311323-6. 
  • Barker, Anthony. Music Hall magazine, issue MH44. 
  • Kilgarriff, Michael (1999). Grace, Beauty & Banjos. 

External links[edit]

  • Review of Kate Carney at Hammersmith Varieties Theatre, March, 1897 - The Era, London, Saturday, 6 March 1897, p. 18c/d at Gabrielle Ray's website
  • Sing Us One Of The Old Songs webpage - A Guide to Popular Song 1860-1920 by Michael Kilgarriff