“Lord Wathe'ford”

Author: Michael A. Moran? (source: OLochlainn-More)
Earliest date: c.1906 (ballad sheet, according to OLochlainn-More)
Keywords: death humorous political Devil Ireland Hell nobility landlord
Found in: Ireland

Description

Lord Wathe'ford is dead. "The tyrant" choked wells and evicted farmers. He'll not be with common sinners in Hell but will share a private grate with his father. In Hell he meets Queen Bess, and his bailiff, and the Devil himself who is happy to see him.

Notes

This is a rather odd piece. Landlords in Ireland of course frequently evicted tenants, and they had a general policy of not improving properties; they wanted the Irish Catholic farmers too poor to represent a threat. But not in Waterford. One of the earliest areas of English settlement, it earned a great deal of Royal favor, was relatively prosperous, and was generally one of the most loyal areas of the country. Perhaps this is a reference to some of Lord Waterford's territories outside his home county? - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. OLochlainn-More 60A, "Lord Wathe'ford" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 30-31, "Lord Waterford" (1 text)
  3. Roud #6529
  4. BI, OLcM060A