Lament for the San Patricio

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Lament for the San Patricio, composed by David Barrett in March 2017. It was entered in the Shasta Piping Society 2017 piobaireachd composition contest. Of this piece Barrett writes,

Lament for the San Patricio - The Batallón de San Patricio, or Battalion of Saint Patrick, was a Mexican Army unit engaged in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. It was comprised mainly of 200 Irish Catholic immigrants. Many had escaped the Great Famine in Ireland. All were deserters from the United States Army or disenfranchised from the American Dream of Manifest Destiny. The largest mass execution in United States history happened after the Mexican loss at the Battle of Chapultepec. There, fifty Saint Patrick’s battalion members were executed as traitors by the U.S. Army.

The San Patricios are looked upon as heroes in Mexico, but historically reviled in the United States of America. Fate often comes down to where you happen to be at a particular time, or even where your parents may have been born. Regardless, history is sure to repeat itself in many disguises whether it be in the shade of a different color, space, language, or even a wall.


David BarrettMarch 2017