“Henry Munroe”


At Ballynahinch General Nugent attacks the rebels under Clokey and Munroe. Having exhausted ammunition Munroe escapes. Betrayed by a woman, he was taken and executed. "His head was put up" but retreived by rebels. Young Teeling is alo killed at Killala.


While sympathetic to the Defender cause the song blames the rebels "In attacking the Government when their strength it was so; It caused many to die like brave Henry Munroe."

"Teeling" is apparently Bartholomew Teeling hanged with Matthew Tone in Dublin (source: Moylan p.87 re "The Frenchmen") - BS

For Munroe/Monroe, see the notes to "General Monroe."

Jim Smyth, _The Men of No Property_, pp. 118-119, describes a whole Teeling family. Luke Teeling was the patriarch, an Ulster linen merchant; he bankrolled some revolutionary publications. His son Charles H. Teeling is described as "The chief architect of the revamped Defenders." Charles's older brother Bartholomew journeyed on foot across most of Ireland, apparently campaigning against the British. A third Teeling, George, seems to have been slightly less active.

Charles Teeling, though not much past twenty, was imprisoned in 1796; Bartholomew fled to France in 1797 (Smyth, p. 159), to return (and die) with Wolfe Tone.

Thomas Pakenham, _The Year of Liberty_, esp. p. 344, mentions two Teelings, Batholomew and Matthew. The index cites Bartholomew once, and Matthew three times. But the first two references to Teeling do not mention is first name, and the third could be a conflation of Bartholomew Teeling and Matthew Tone. - RBW

Historical references

  • June 13, 1798 - Battle of Ballynahinch (source: Moylan)

Cross references


  1. Moylan 85, "Henry Munroe" (1 text)
  2. BI, Moyl985


Author: unknown
Earliest date: c.1893 (Young's _Ulster in '98_, according to Moylan)