Mudcat Café message #3890650 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163192   Message #3890650
Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
27-Nov-17 - 05:19 AM
Thread Name: Review: Roddy McCorley
Subject: RE: Review: Roddy McCorley
"There is uncertainty as to whether McCorley actually actively involved with the predominantly Presbyterian United Irishmen or the predominantly Catholic Defenders"

" In a poem written 100 years after the rebellion by Ethna Carbery, he is claimed to have been one of the leaders of the United Irishmen at the Battle of Antrim, however there is no contemporary documentary evidence to support this claim or prove that he was even active in the rebellion"

"After the rebellion, McCorley joined a notorious outlaw gang known as Archer's Gang, made up of former rebels and lead by Thomas Archer.[3] Some of these men had been British soldiers (members of the Irish militia) who changed sides in the conflict, and as such were guilty of treason and thus exempt from the terms of amnesty offered to the rank and file of the United Irishmen.[3] This meant that they were always on the run in an attempt to evade capture.[3] This "quasi-rebel" group were claimed to have attacked loyalists and participated in common crime.[4] It is believed that McCorley was caught whilst in hiding, having been betrayed by an informer"

This suggests he was not any kind of "rebel hero."