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X:1 T:Capt. Higgins M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Carolan B:Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson – The Hibernian Muse B:(London, 1787, No. 85, p. 53) N:”A Collection of the most Favorite Compositions of ‘ N:Carolan the Celebrated Irish Bard” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin c3 A2e|c2B dBG|cea cea|Bdg Bdg| e3 c2e|f2e dcB|cBA dB^G|A3 A3|| ece ece|gcg gcg|ada ada|{b}c'3b3| e'(c'/d'/e') d'bd'|e'(c'/d'/e') d'bd|c'ba ^geg|[c3a3][c3a3]||



CAPTAIN HIGGINS. Irish, Air or Planxty (cut time - A & B parts, 6/8 time C & D parts). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Thompson): ABCD (O'Sullivan). Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Hardiman states that Captain Higgins was from County Mayo, and "a brave old soldier, well known in his day." O'Sullivan finds a William Higgins who rose to the rank of Captain in the Royal Irish Dragoons (d. 1759), who may be the person honored by the air.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John Lee's A Favourite Collection of the som much admired old Irish Tunes, the original and genuine compositions of Carolan, the celebrated Irish Bard (Dublin, 1780) [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources : - Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 57, pp. 54-55. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958, No. 57, p. 132. Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), 1787; No. 85, p. 53 [1] (two parts).

Recorded sources: -



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