Roddy McCorley - D MajorMarch, Air

Author: Traditional
Origin: Ireland

This tune commemorates Roddy McCorley, who (probably) participated in the 1798 United Irishmen rebellion and subsequently lived as an outlaw with the patriotic Archer Gang. He was hung in 1800 for his activities with this gang, after being betrayed by an informant. There are two songs named Roddy McCorley, one from 1798 and another from the 1890's. Other than perhaps the earlier of these two, there is no contemporary evidence of McCorley's involvement in the rebellion. It is known, however, that a few years before the rebellion Roddy's father was executed for stealing sheep. This charge may have been politically motivated, and thus a strong reason for Roddy to participate in a rebellion.