DESCRIPTION: At Ballynahinch General Nugent attacks the rebels under Clokey and Munroe. Having exhausted ammunition, Munroe escapes. Betrayed by a woman, he is taken and executed. "His head was put up" but retrieved by rebels. Young Teeling is also killed at Killala.
EARLIEST DATE: c.1893 (Young's _Ulster in '98_, according to Moylan)
KEYWORDS: betrayal battle execution rebellion Ireland
June 13, 1798 - Battle of Ballynahinch (source: Moylan)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Moylan 85, "Henry Munroe" (1 text)
cf. "General Monroe" (subject) and references there
cf. "The Frenchmen" (character of Bartholomew Teeling)
NOTES: While sympathetic to the Defender cause the song blames the rebels "In attacking the Government when their strength it was so; It caused many to die like brave Henry Munroe."
"Teeling" is apparently Bartholomew Teeling hanged with Matthew Tone in Dublin (source: Moylan p.87 re "The Frenchmen") - BS
For Munroe/Monroe, see the notes to "General Monroe."
Smyth, pp. 118-119, describes a whole Teeling family. Luke Teeling was the patriarch, an Ulster linen merchant; he bankrolled some revolutionary publications. His son Charles H. Teeling is described as "The chief architect of the revamped Defenders." Charles's older brother Bartholomew journeyed on foot across most of Ireland, apparently campaigning against the British. A third Teeling, George, seems to have been slightly less active.
Stewart, p. 23, declares "The Teelings were Catholics in comfortable circumstances, and active liberals who had ardently supported the volunteers."
Charles Teeling, though not much past twenty (Stewart, p. 23, says he was only 18), was imprisoned in 1796 during the mass arrests of rebels in that year; eventually to be released on bail because he was ill (Stewart, p. 57). His role thereafter seems to have been minor. Bartholomew fled to France in 1797 (Smyth, p. 159), to return (and die) with Wolfe Tone.
Pakenham, esp. p. 344, mentions two Teelings, Batholomew and Matthew. The index cites Bartholomew once, and Matthew three times. But the first two references to Teeling do not mention his first name, and the third could be a conflation of Bartholomew Teeling and Matthew Tone. - RBW
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- Pakenham: Thomas Pakenham The Year of Liberty, 1969, 1997 (I use the 2000 Abacus paperback edition)
- Smyth: Jim Smyth, The Men of No Property, 1992, revised edition 1994 (I use the corrected 1998 St. Martins edition)
- Stewart: A. T. Q. Stewart, The Summer Soldiers: The 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and Down, Blackstaff Press, 1995
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