“Rody McCorley”


Rody McCorley is betrayed in Ballyscullion by Dufferin and McErlean. Testimony that he was "a foe unto the crown" leads to prison in Ballymena and hanging "upon Good Friday... Convenient to the Bridge of Toome"


OLochlainn-More: "This is the authentic 1798 ballad"

The Fiddler's Companion site says "McCurley was a County Antrim rebel leader in the rising of 1798."

The rebels [were] defeated at Antrim in June 1798. If any of this is accurate he might have been executed Good Friday, April 6, 1798 or, more likely, March 22, 1799 [but see Moylan's note].

The ballad is recorded on two of the CD's issued around the time of the bicentenial of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. See:

Roisin White, "Rody McCorley" (on "The Croppy's Complaint," Craft Recordings CRCD03 (1998); Terry Moylan notes)

Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "Roddy McCorley" (on Franke Harte and Donal Lunny, "1798 the First Year of Liberty," Hummingbird Records HBCD0014 (1998)) - BS

Historical references

  • February 28, 1800 - Rody McCorley hanged in Toome. (source: Moylan citing John Moulden)

Cross references


  1. OLochlainn-More 21, "Rody McCorley" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Moylan 122, "Rody McCorley" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #9756
  4. BI, OLcM021


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (OLochlainn-More)
Found in: Ireland