Shane Crossagh O'Mullan (c.1680 - 1722):
Shane Crossagh O'Mullan was a "Raparree" (there are various spellings), an Irish irregular soldier who led pockets of resistance, not unlike World War Two partisans, after the Jacobite army left Ireland in 1690. Another way of describing him was as a highwayman. He operated in the districts of Moyola and the Roe and Faughan valleys, in Counties Londonderry and Tyrone. "Crossagh" comes from the Irish for "pock-mrked" and seems to have been a family nickname, very possibly to distinguish one O'Mullan family from another - O'Mullan himself was reported as having been handsome. O'Mullan was seen as a sort of Ulster Robin Hood; one of his famous exploits was an attack on General Napier and a column of his soldiers, at a river crossing which beame known as "General's Bridge". The main highway known as the Glenshane Pass was said to have been named for him.
He was eventually apprehended and hanged in the Diamond in Derry. Many of his exploits survive in popular songs in the district.
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