“The Wonderful Grey Horse”


Singer's horse "was rode in the Garden by Adam the day that he fell"; that turned him grey. The horse has been with Noah, ..., Brien the brave, Sarsfield at Limerick, and Daniel O'Connell. He is ready to run for a rider that will shake off Erin's yoke.


"Brien the Brave" is of course Brian Boru, winner of the Battle of Clontarf in 1814, for whom see "Remember the Glories of Brian the Brave."

Sarsfield is Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan (died 1693), the last of the great commanders who fought for James II; for his history, see "After Aughrim's Great Disaster."

Daniel O'Connell was the Irish hero who fought for emancipation, Repeal (of the Union between Britain and Ireland), and the place of the Irish in parliament; he is mentioned in dozens of songs; for more on him, see the cross-references under "Daniel O'Connell (I)." - RBW

Historical references

  • 1014 - Battle of Clontarf and death of Brian Boru
  • July 12, 1691 - Battle of Aughrim
  • 1775-1847 - Life of Daniel O'Connell

Cross references


  • NLScotland, RB.m.169(243), "The Wonderful Grey Horse," unknown, c.1840


  1. Zimmermann 44A, "The Grey Horse" (1 text)
  2. Tunney-StoneFiddle, p. 158, "The White Steed" (1 text)
  3. Roud #13451
  4. BI, Zimm044A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: first half 19C (Zimmermann)