“The Patriot Mother”

Author: Mary Eva Kelly (1826-1910) (source: Moylan)
Earliest date: 1888 (Sparling)
Keywords: prisoner mother children Ireland patriotic execution


"'Come tell us the name of the rebelly crew Who lifted the pike on the Curragh with you.'" The captured rebel's mother tells the young man that she would rather see him dead than turn traitor. He holds fast and is hanged


Sparling, re Eva Mary Kelly (p. 502): "One of the poetesses of the _Nation_." Sparling does not credit her with "The Patriot Mother." - BS


  1. PGalvin, pp. 85-86, "The Patriot Mother" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Moylan 54, "The Patriot Mother" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ADDITIONAL: H. Halliday Sparling, Irish Minstrelsy (London, 1888), pp. 393-394, "The Patriot Mother"
  4. BI, PGa085