Thomas Muir of Huntershill, the father of Scottish Democracy, went to Dublin in 1792 to meet with The United Irishmen and become a member of that organisation, prior to returning to Scotland to be arrested face a totally unjust trial by the establishment, and being transported to Australia for sedition.
I have been told that there are some Irish songs that mention Thomas Muir and perhaps some of the other Scottish Martyrs, possibly also Tom Paine and others who were trying to effect changes in society?
Can anyone help me track any of these songs down please?
- I am also interested in any other political songs from or about that era when rights were being sought for the ordinary man.
Also - are there any songs from the French revolution that would mention Thomas Muir of even just the political developments in other countries? (Thomas Muir escaped from Australia and made it back to France where he died in 1799, sadly he never saw Scotland again)
I know of 4 contemporary songs about Thomas Muir . the Scottish Martyrs (by Adam McNaughtan, Jim McLean, Iain Ingram) but if anyone can point me towards any others - or older songs or poems - I would be delighted!
Is there a faint possibility of an Australian song from his time as a prisoner there?
Thanks in advance - --