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DOCTOR O'CONNOR. AKA - "Doctor O'Connor." AKA and see "Maurice O'Connor (3)." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Donal O'Sullivan, in his definitive 1958 work on O'Carolan, admitted it was not possible for him to identify the subject of this air, but did note there was a period reference in verse (which does not scan to the tune) congratulating an O'Connor on his obtaining a diploma to practice medicine.
Source for notated version: Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's The Hibernian Muse; a Collection of Irish Airs, including the Most Favourite Compositions of Carolan, the Celebrated Irish Bard (London, c. 1786) [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 119, pp. 86-87. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 17. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 119, pp. 164-165. Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), London, 1787; No. 94, p. 58.