Battle of Ballycohy, The
DESCRIPTION: Billy Scully "turn'd from the Church." He gave notice to tenants who had paid their rent. Armoured, he was shot by "the boys of Ballycohy" and Gorman and a peeler Scully had for help were killed. "Here's success to brave Moore, says the Shan Van Voch"
EARLIEST DATE: 1868 (Zimmermann)
KEYWORDS: battle death farming Ireland landlord police
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Zimmermann 7D, "The Battle of Ballycohy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, 2806 c.7(1), "The Battle of Ballycohy," P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867; also Johnson Ballads 2243c, "The Battle of Ballycohy"
VonWalthour, CDDrive>b>b(1),"The Battle of Ballycohy" ("Did you hear of Billy Scully says the Shan Van Voch"), unknown, no date
cf. "The Shan Van Voght" (tune)
cf. "The Shan Van Voght" (1828) for Shan Van Voght song on another subject.
cf. "The Shan Van Voght" (1848) for Shan Van Voght song on another subject.
cf. "The Shan Van Voght" and references there, including Shan Van Voght broadsides on other subjects
cf. "Rory of the Hill" (subject: the shooting of Billy Scully)
NOTES [111 words]: Zimmermann 7D: "William Scully purchased a property in Ballycohey, County Tipperary. Scully soon became the terror of his tenantry. He turned Protestant when the Catholic priest remonstrated against his conduct. In 1868, he decided to evict his twenty-one tenants, but when he went to serve his notices, he was severely wounded. His steward and a constable were killed. It is believed that the landlord wore a suit of chain-mail which saved his life. Before Scully recovered from his wounds, Charles Moore, then Member for Tipperary, purchased the Ballycohey estate."
Broadsides Bodleian 2806 c.7(1) and VonWalthour CDDrive>b>b(1) appear to be the same edition. - BS
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