In 1744, Louisbourg privateers ranged the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to the Delaware Capes looking for British prizes. Fortune did not always favor the predators however, and in July and October 1744, two Louisbourg privateers were captured off the New England coast and taken into Boston. Among the crew of each vessel. there were a number of Irish who had been taken in arms against the British. This presentation looks at how the Irish came to be in Louisbourg, their service on the two privateers and how they came to be captured. While the people of Boston reacted to the capture of the privateers with joy, the reaction of the authorities to the captured Irish was much harsher.