“Rory of the Hill”


The bold Tip mountaineer" "Rory of the Hill" asks if Scully is dead." Rory tells how Scully and the agent turned him and his mother out. Since then he, like Michael Hayes, shot a landlord or agent. He fled to New York, but has returned to Ireland.

Cross references

  • cf. "The Whole Hog or None" (tune, per broadsides Bodleian 2806 b.10(137) and Bodleian 2806 c.8(278))
  • cf. "The Battle of Ballycohy" (subject: the shooting of Billy Scully)
  • cf. "The Gallant Farmers' Farewell to Ireland" (subject: Michael Hayes)


  • Bodleian, Firth b.26(102), "Rory of the Hills" ("At Slievenamon the man who asked me was Scully dead?"), T. Pearson (Manchester), 1850-1899 ; also Firth c.26(154), "Rory of the Hills"; 2806 b.10(137), "Rory of the Hill"; 2806 c.8(278), "Roary of the Hill"


  1. Zimmermann 75, "Rory of the Hill" (1 text)
  2. BI, Zimm075


Author: Thomas Walsh (according to broadside Bodleian 2806 b.10(137)) or I. Walsh (according to broadsides Bodleian Firth b.26(102), Bodleian Firth c.26(154) and Bodleian 2806 c.8(278))
Earliest date: 1868 (Zimmermann)