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.

Songs of the Mutiny by ‘Loyalist Irish’

Songs of the mutiny by ‘loyalist irish’

MANY Irish men and women were killed in India during the uprising, including both the Irish soldiers in the British Army present to suppress it and civilians. Throughout the British Isle, numerous ballads were composed describing the conflict and praising the resilience of the Europeans who endured the mutiny. However, Ireland differed from the rest of Great Britain in that there were also numerous songs and poems composed expressing sympathy towards the rebellious sepoys. The first of the broadsides below describes the murder of Irish clergymen at Cawnpore (Kanpur), whilst the second is a song opposing the nationalist Irish who are called ‘Irish Sepoys’ as a term of abuse.1

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