“Hugh Hill, the Ramoan Smuggler”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: trial punishment ship escape
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer, a member of Hill's smuggling crew, recalls how Dixon betrayed them. A cutter captures Hill's ship, but when the crew is brought to trial, no proof is available; Hill and crew go free and will smuggle more

Notes

One of the less-intelligent British colonial policies was to cut off all sorts of external (and even internal) trade. This made smugglers like Hugh Hill heroes. There really weren't many of them, though -- Ireland didn't have enough excess income to support a large smuggling industry. - RBW

References

  1. SHenry H494, pp. 127-128, "Hugh Hill, the Ramoan Smuggler" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13372
  3. BI, HHH494