“A Dream of Dolly's Brae”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Hayward-Ulster)
Keywords: violence Ireland political dream clergy
Found in: Ireland


The singer dreams of a July 12, 1849 ambush led by Priest Morgan against "all those heretics who dare to cross the Brae." Orangemen assemble, led by William Beers, and cheer the Queen and their leaders. On meeting gunfire, the Catholics retreat.


For background on Dolly's Brae, and other songs on party fights, see the notes to "Dolly's Brae (I)." - (RBW, BS)

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  1. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 124-126, "A Dream of Dolly's Brae" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6545
  3. BI, HayU124