Category Archives: Waterford

Munster Volunteer Registry, 1782, Co. Waterford

Waterford Artillery
Captain Joseph Pawl
Lieutenant John M. Carew
One company. Two pieces, four-pounders. Uniform: Blue, faced red, yellow buttons


Waterford Independants Nos. 1 & 6. No. 1 March 1778
Captain Commandant Henry Alcock
Lieutenant John Alcock
Lieutenant William Alcock
One company, 1st battalion.
Second battalion or No. 6, September 1781
Lieutenant Henry Hayden
Lieutenant John Wyse
Lieutenant Peter Ryan
Adjutant William Alcock
Chaplain Robert Drapes
Surgeon Simon Lamphire,M.D.
Quartermaster William Irvin
One company, 2nd battalion. Uniform: Scarlet, faced black, white buttons, silver laced hats

Waterford Independants No. 2, March 1798
Captain Robert Shapland Carew
Lieutenant Robert T. carew
Lieutenant Arthur Dobbin
Lieutenant William Morris
Chaplain Richard Ryland
Surgeon James Semple, M.D.
One Company. Uniform: Scarlet, faced black, silver laced wings, white buttons

Waterford independents No. 3, May 1778
Captain Hannibal William Dobbyn
Lieutenant Stephen Wortheval
Chaplain John Fury
One Company

Tallow Independent Blues, August 1st, 1778
Captain Commandant George Bowles
Captain William Carr
Lieutenants Thomas Boyce
Lieutenant Anthony Hales
Ensign Thomas Bull
Ensign John Drew Croker
Chaplain Hon. Robert Moore
Surgreon William Delany
Two Companies. Uniform: Blue, edged white

Royal Oaks or Waterford Independent Blues No. 4 & 5, September 1779
Colonel and Captain Cornelius Bolton
Captain Richard Kearney
Captain Henry Bolton
Lieutenant William Price
Lieutenant Samuel Roberts
Lieutenant Robert Cooke
Two companies, Nos. 4 & 5 – one light, one battalion. Uniform: Scarlet, faced blue

Dungarvan Volunteers, November 1st 1779

Colonel Right Hon. John Beresford
Major Godfrey Greene
Captain John Coughlan
Captain George Boat
Lieutenant Roger Dalton
Lieutenant James Ryves
Ensign Beverly Hearns
Chaplain ?? Higginbottom
Surgeon Patrick Comman
Secretary John Wilkinson
Battalion of light infantry, two companies. Uniform: Scarlet, faced black, silver laced wing, white buttons.

Cappoquin Volunteers, 1779
Colonel John Kean
Captain Richard Kiely
Lieutenant Andrew Eaglish
Uniform: Scarlet and white, white buttons

Waterford Grenadiers, No. 7, June 1782
Captain David Wilson
Other ranks not filled up. One company. Uniform: Scarlet, faced yellow, wings silver laced, white buttons.

The Old Man of Kilcockan

By prayer and entreaty and threat they did worry me
To be wed to a gaffer my youth denied,
On leaden feet to the priest they did hurry me,
With a heart stone dead while the knot was tied.
I like not his gait nor the rheumy red eyes of him,
His furry grey brows, the groans and the sighs of him.
I long for a young man, to lie and to rise with him,
Who would kiss and caress me at morning-tide!


All maids yet unwed, whether wealthy or dowerless,
Be warned by my fortune against old drones;
For I lie by a dotard both shrivelled and powerless,
As good to possess a heap of bones.
Wide-eyed each night, with a heart that’s like lead in me,
I think of the withered old creature’s that wed to me,
Compared to the stalwart that might lie abed with me,
Clasping me to him with love’s sweet tones!

Six-guineas I’d give, and I’d pay it right readily,
If someone would put my old man away,
Come on him by stealth and take aim at him steadily,
Make sure of the target and earn his pay :
Or if in the sea he could set about drowning him,
Lay him flat in the ditch and knock the wall down on him,
Or perhaps even better still just to throttle the jowl of him
And leave him for dead just before the day!

Last night as I lay between waking and sleeping
I heard that my wretched old man was dead;
I leapt from the pillow, my gratitude heaping
On the man in the ditch who had done the deed.
They made up their story while there was still breath in him,
‘Twas the bay mare that kicked him – and that was the death of him,
Go, take to the young man this news that is best for him –
In the grave at Kilcockan my wretch is laid!

Irish : Seanduine Chill Chocáin (Original version)

Seanduine Chill Chocáin

Is teinn duch an pósa, fó-ríor, a gealladh dom,
Go h-óg mé ceangailthe ‘g críon-donan!
Nuair a chureadh le fórsa ‘n-a chomhair go tigh an tsagairt mé
Im chroí bhí m’atuirse ar linn le rá.
Ní thaithneann a shiúl, a lúth ná a sheasamh liom,
A mhala throm chlúmhach ná a shúile dearaga,
Go mb’fhearr liom óigfhear a phógfadh mo leaca,
Mo chroí gur cheangail san óg-bhuinneán!


‘S a chailíní óga, mo chomharle má dheineann sibh,
‘S is teinn dúch atuirseach bhím dá bharr,
‘S mé ‘lui lé seanduine caite gan luadar,
‘S ná fuil dá bharr agam ach uail bheag cnámha!
A’ machtnamh a bhím san oíche ar mo leabaidh
Ar a’ seanduine gcríona, len’ aois go gcrapann sé,
Seochas a’ gcroí-fhear a shínfeadh ar leabaidh liom,
‘S go mb’fhiú é ar maidin a phóg úd ‘fháil!

Thúrfainn sé phíosa, ‘s é ‘dhíol ar a’ dtairrnge,
D’éinne beó ghlacfadh mo sgéal ‘n-a láimh,
Do lúifeadh ar shúil mo sgrúile seanduine,
Má thiocfadh a gan fhios i gcomhair é ‘lámhach:
Chuirfeadh ‘á bhátha é i lár na fairrge,
Shinfeadh sa’ díg é ‘s a’ claí do leaga air,
Nú cár bh’fhearr é mar ní an píop a chnaga dhe,
‘S mo sgrúile ‘fháil marbh leath-uair roim lá?

Araoir ar mo leabaidh ‘s mé a’ machtnamh trim nealtaibh,
‘Sea d’airíos gur cailleadh me sheann-donán;
D’éirios im sheasamh ‘s do ghabhas mile baochas
Leis a’ té úd a mhairbh sa’ díg ar lár.
Sé airím ‘á bhuachnaint gur shuathadar eatorrtha é
Gurbh í an lair rua do bhuail is do mhairbh é,
Beir sgéal leat uaim go dtí an buachaillín meacanta
Gur chuireas me sheanduine I gCill Chocáin!

English: The Old Man of Kilcockan (Original version)