“The Bright Orange Stars of Coleraine”


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Historical references

  • July 1, 1690 - Battle of the Boyne. William III crushes the Irish army of James II, at once securing his throne and the rule of Ireland. Irish resistance continues for about another year, but Ireland east of the Shannon is William's, and the opposition is doomed.
  • July 12, 1691 - Battle of Aughrim. Decisive defeat of Irish Catholic forces

Cross references


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


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