Percy Society Volume 13

Percy Society Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...is, at least, the popular version of the story. Walsh was immediately made a prisoner, and sent to Cork, where he was tried at the ensuing assizes. Upon the evidence of Mary Fahey, who became approver, he was found guilty, and, pursuant to his sentence, was hanged at Gallows Green, and his head spiked on the South Gaol of Cork. Some years after the murder of her husband the widow Leary met Walsh's daughter at the fair of Carrigaline, when the following Keen or dialogue took place: --Is not that Ned Walsh's daughter, In the cloak blood-money' bought her? wA1.sn's DAUGHTER. Yes, I am she-N ed Walsh's name Is one that makes me feel no shame; Yes, I'm his child--though you have seen My father hung at Gallows green! The Lord be good unto his soul; It was no horse nor cow he stole, Nor was it for arrears of rent That Edmond Walsh to gaol was sent. MRS. LEARY. If not for these, it was for worse; Your father had the country's curse.-By him was killed the best of men; He, at one blow, made orphans' ten, Blood-money, literally " red silver," is the name given to a reward offered for the apprehension, and paid upon the conviction of a murderer or other criminal; and to have received it (in other words, to have turned informer), is considered among the Irish peasantry to be so great a stigma upon the character, that an informer is generally obliged to leave the country. It is difiicult to understand Mrs. Leary's allusion, unless it means, that as Walsh's property became forfeited with his life, it might be considered in the light of a reward as the gift of the Crown to his innocent widow and children. 1. The Editor has endeavoured to preserve in the translation, the Anglo-Irish idiom....show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857887
  • 9781236857880