“Those Poor Convicts”


Consider the sentencing and departure of Irish convicts bound for "Vandiamonds Land": O'Reilly from Cavan, three Duffys and Bryan Seery in Mullingar. "Unto their prosecutors they never done a wrong." "Think upon those traitors that's swore our lives away"


Incongruously -- considering that these are supposedly innocent men -- this ballad shares lines with "The Edinburgh Convicts" and "Botany Bay" versions of "The Boston Burglar" [Laws L16]): "A warning take by me,I'd have you quit night walking,And shun bad company." - BS

Cross references


  1. Zimmermann 53, "The Sorrowful Lamentation of Those Poor Convicts" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Zimm053


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1846 (Zimmermann)