The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

A Northern Irish Broadside Ballad

A northern irish broadside ballad

THIS Belfast broadside is very typical of the mid-nineteenth century ‘slip’, a common Irish step dance or jig. Two ballads are printed side by side on a single sheet of paper (a ‘broadside’), with two woodcuts on top. In this case, one is called ‘The Late Indian War’ and is accompanied by a woodcut of a soldier astride a resplendent horse with his plume in one hand. The woodcut, though strikingly executed, seems to be old, and its faded quality hints at overuse and the soldier's dress is archaic. Initially, the ballad does not seem to be associated with the events of 1857 since it refers to the death of Sir William McNaghten, who was ...

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