“The Bright Orange Stars of Coleraine”

Author: Robert Thompson ?
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: political Ireland nonballad
Found in: Ireland


Marching song. The singer describes the celebrations on the twelfth of July. The marchers celebrate to the memory of William (of Orange). The singer praises Coleraine, and intends never to forget William's triumph


This is probably the most political song in the Henry collection, and gives little evidence of being traditional. The _Northern Constitution_ was published in Ulster, of course, so such sentiments were permissible -- but I'm still surprised it was published. Other Irish songs may allude to William of Orange's triumph, but this is one of the few to gloat over it. - RBW

Historical references

Cross references


  1. SHenry H87a, pp. 181-182, "The Bright Orange Stars of Coleraine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #8006
  3. BI, HHH087a