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Grace O'Malley part 7 ©

The Pardon

Joe Sharp
Stra'ven, Scotland

'There came to me also a most feminine sea-captain called Grany Imallye
With three galleys and 200 fighting men. She brought with her, her
husband for she was as well by sea as by land well more than Mrs. Mate
with him ... This was a notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland.'
Sir Henry Sidney (1577)

Grace was arrested and dispatched to Dublin jail
Where countless souls before her had perished on the floor
For some unknown reason she was allowed to set her sail
To plunder Spanish vessels, but English ships no more

She continued with her privateering until 1587
When standing on the gallows with a rope around her throat
A reprieve arrived from Lizzie as the hour approached eleven
Saying, ‘Grace O’Malley, I pardon you, now go and put on your coat.’

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