Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 107

Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 107
Favourite | Share | Feedback


periodical Publisher
Hodges & Smith, Dublin, 1840
periodical Editor
Edward Bunting
periodical Title
Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland
volume Number
issue Content
ANCIENT MUSIC OF IRELAND.Allisdr ams March, being a wild rhapsody made in honor of this commander, to this-. daymuch esteemed by the Irish, and played at all their feasts. This was Alister or AlexanderMacdonnell, son of Coil Kittogh or Left handed Coil ; a warrior whose name has beenpreserved by Milton:Why, it is harder, Sirs, than Gordon,Colkitto, or Macdonnell, or Galasp.And even more imperishably by vivid traditions of his valour and prowess, handed down tothis day, among the Highianders of Scotland, and the glensmen of the lower part of thecounty of Antrim. Alister, called also Young Colkitto, rivalled his father in militaryflume. He commanded Lord Antrims Irish, under Montrose, to most of whose victories hiscourage and conduct mainly contributed. After the breaking up of Montroses army, Mae-donnell and his Irish returned to this country, and joined the standard of the confederateCatholics under Lord Taaffe, in Munster, where a period was put to their exploits by thefatal battle of Knockinoss, 28th September, 1647. After the rout of the main body of theIrish, Macdonnell and his people held their ground till they were cut to pieces by theEnglish. It is said that none escaped. We may form some idea of the desperate couragewhich inspired these men from the impetuous energy and wild shrilly fervour of this strain,which is undoubtedly the same pibroch that they marched to on the morning of their lastbattle. Macdonneil himself lies buried near Kanturk, in the county of Cork, and his sword,which had a steel apple running in a groove on the back, by means of which its force instriking was greatly increased, is said still to be preserved in Loghan Castle, in the countyof Tipperary.IX. (No. 144 in the Collection.) Uaoine for OReithj.The OReilly, in commemora-tion of whom this melody was arranged, was Maolmordha, or Miles, sirnamed The Slasher,probably the son of Maolmordha Dha, or Miles the handsome, who was the QueensOReilly in the reign of Elizabeth. Miles the Slasher was colonel of horse in the armycommanded by Lord Castlehaven in the wars which followed the rebellion of 1641, and wasslain valiantly defending the bridge of Finea against Monros Scotch, in 1 644.( See Castle-havens Memoirs.)X. (No. 98 in the Collection.) An .Londubh. The Blackbird.A very fine air,used as a vehicle for Jacobite words (of which the following verse is a specimen) during thewar of 1688-90. The air itself bears evident marks of a much higher antiquity.Once in fair England my Blackbird did flourish,He was the chief flower that in it did spring;Prime ladies of honour his person did nourish,Because that he was the true son of a king.But this false fortune,Which still is uncertain,Has caused this long parting between him and me.His name Ill advanceIn Spain and in France,And seek out my Blackbird wherever he be.
issue Number
page Number
periodical Author
Edward Bunting
issue Publication Date

Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland

Related Keywords