North Down Museum cares for a vast selection of French memorabilia in joint management with the Percy French Society. This includes song sheets, diaries, countless letters, around 120 paintings, and even a door from the family’s home in Baldoyle.
Come and view some of these artefacts and learn more about Percy French and his life at this special exhibition in the museum's Long Gallery.
William Percy French was born 1 May 1854 at Cloonyquin House, County Roscommon. French was a successful entertainer, poet and songwriter, known for songs like ‘The Mountains of Mourne’ and ‘Are Ye Right There Michael’.
Although French came from a privileged background, he preferred observing local characters who inspired his songs and sketches.
Getting to Percy French
North Down Museum
Castle Park Avenue