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Thread #163192   Message #3890667
Posted By: Jim Carroll
27-Nov-17 - 07:20 AM
Thread Name: Review: Roddy McCorley
Subject: RE: Review: Roddy McCorley
Reports of the Archer Gang vary from them being a bunch of murderous outlaws (as were all rebels opposing English rule considered at the time) to rebels on the run and living off the land.
This is an account from a researched family history
"Fearing arrest and hanging Rody again went on the run. He hoped to make it to Derry and then to America. On his way he met an old Defender comrade, Thomas Archer who was a shoemaker from Ballymena. Archer had continued to act as a Defender even after the collapse of the rising. Rody decided to join him and his band. For several months the band raided the farms of the most cruel of the local yeomanry and took part in ambushing militia patrols."
We haven't got it but further information is apparently forthcoming from the Bealoideas Journal 1939,
"Archer Patrick, Fingal [County Dublin] in 1798, in Bealoideas, ix, 2 (1939)"
I have no doubt John has this (hi John - best to R)
Jim Carroll