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Thread #8779   Message #55240
Posted By: John Moulden
22-Jan-99 - 03:19 PM
Thread Name: the swinish multitude
Subject: RE: the swinish multitude
The song quoted in Mary McNeill's "Mary Anne McCracken" is not the only song of '98 which was called "The swinish multitude" though those appear to have been the only words which could be sung to the tune "The lass of Richmond Hill" The matter is complicated because Jemmy Hope, who was at Antrim in June '98 denied in his memoirs that the rebels had any musical instruments and while says that though The Marseillaise was sung he found it too dreary and stuck up a "merry Irish" air. He does not name the Swinish Multitude, nor The Lass of Rochmond Hill.

John Moulden