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Thread #14919   Message #845819
Posted By: Big Tim
12-Dec-02 - 06:09 AM
Thread Name: Streets of Laredo
Subject: RE: Streets of Laredo
Streets of Laredo/St James Infirmary tune, I had always taken for granted were taken from the Bard of Armagh. Can anyone date the B of A? This is a more interesting song than it first appears because the "Bard" is supposedly Doctor Patrick Donnelly, Catholic Bishop of Dromore, who was deposed under the Penal Laws around 1706. He was imprisoned, escaped and became an outlaw, adopting the guise of a wandering harper, living in a hut on the slopes of Slieve Gullian mountain in South Armagh. A townland there is still called "the doctor's quarters". (Sorry for digression).