Tag Archives: execution

John Brown’s Body

TITLE: John Brown’s Body AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Civil War, Black(s), death, execution, memorial, burial, rebellion, slavery EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1861 (Huntington) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The song, as we know it today, is about John Brown, the Baptist preacher and radical abolitionist who, with 20 others (fifteen of them, including Brown’s three sons, read more »

Brennan on the Moor

TITLE: Brennan on the Moor AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: outlaw, rambling, execution EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: before 1862 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3014)) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1804 – Hanging of William Brennan, a highwayman who worked in County Cork “…Willie Brennan was an Irish Robin Hood/Rob Roy figure in the late 1700s.  He was a Waterford read more »

Captain Kidd

TITLE: Captain Kidd AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Public Domain, Traditional KEYWORDS: execution, gallows, confession, pirate EARLIEST DATE: 1701 (broadside) HISTORICAL REFERENCES:  In 1689 William Kidd was sailing as a legal pirate for Great Britain against the French in the West Indies and off the coast of the United States. In London in 1695, he received a royal commission to read more »