General Munroe


My name is George Campbell, at the age of eighteen
I joined the united men to strive for the green
And many a battle I did undergo
With that hero commander General Munroe

Have you heard of the battle of Ballinahinch
Where the people oppressed, they rose up in defence
When Munroe left the mountains, his men took the field
And they fought for twelve hours and never did yield

Munroe, he being tired went in for a sleep
Gave a woman ten guineas, his secret to keep
When she got the money, she was tempted so
She sent for the soldiers and surrendered Munroe

The army, they came and surrounded the place
They took him to Lisburn and lodged him in jail
His father and mother in passing that way
Heard the very last words that their dear son did say

I die for my country as I fought for her cause
I don’t fear your soldiers nor your cruel laws
Let every true man who does hate Ireland’s foe
Fight bravely for freedom like Henry Munroe

All ye good men who now think on the fate
Of the brave men who died in the year ninety-eight
For poor dear old Ireland would be free long ago
If her sons were all rebels like Henry Munroe

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General Henry Munroe

General Henry Munroe

Henry Munroe (1758 – 1798) was the only son of a presbyterian tradesman of Scottish descent who settled at Lisburn, County Down. Henry entered the linen business about 1788, and in 1795, joined the United Irishmen with the view of promoting the cause of catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform. He was leader of the County Down insurgents in the 1798 rebellion. After initial success at Saintfield, he was defeated at the Battle of Ballinahinch. He sought refuge in a farmhouse but was betrayed. He as hanged in Lisburn on thirteenth of June, 1798.

Clip – Reg Keating



Song Themes

1798 Rebellion