Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 18

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 18
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18~ Airs & Graces ~Limerick’s LamentationWithin the disputed borderlands ofIrish and Scottish music, probablyno case has created more debatethan that of “Limerick’s Lamentation” or, asour Scottish friends know it, “Lochaber NoMore”.The competing claims of each country to thepiece have been attended with much passion,and have been argued out in countless forums.In his edition of the Bunting Collection in theJournal of the Irish Folk Song Society, DonalO’Sullivan sought to draw together and assessall the evidence, on both sides.He recorded the belief, expressed in his mem-oirs by the harper Arthur O’Neill (1728-1816), and also expressed by harpers presentat the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792, that theair was the composition of the Cavan harperMiles O’Reilly (b. 1635), and that it was car-ried into Scotland by the harper ThomasConnallon (1640-1700).The Scottish claim has been based on theantiquity of the song “Lochaber No More”,which was written by Allan Ramsay (b. 1696)and published in his Tea Table Miscellany in1724. The air and text first appeared togethernine years later in Vol II of the second editionof Thomson’s Orpheus Caledonius.The earliest firmly datable version of the tuneis in the Atkinson MS, a Scottish manuscriptdated to 1694 in the library at Newcastle-on-Tyne, where it is entitled “King James’sMarch to Dublin”. As the event commemorat-– contimued on page 21
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