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JACKSON'S HUMOURS OF PANTEEN. AKA - 'Humors of Parteen." AKA and see "Bemthe Goal," "Bímíd ag Ól (1)," "Dance Light for My Heart Lies Under Your Feet," "Drive the Cat from Under the Table/Whip the cat from under the table," "Foxy Mary (1)," "Gilibeart Mhac Fhlannchadha," "Huish the Cat," "Humors of Purteen (The)," "Peas on the Hearth." Irish, Jig. D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune appears in Samuel Lee's Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin c. 1775, reprinted in 1790), p. 3. O'Sullivan (1983) calls it a variant of "Whish the Cat from under the Table," ascribed to the 18th century piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson (1716-1798) from the townland of Lisduan in the parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. Jackson was mentioned in Ferrar's History of Limerick (A. Watson & Co., Limerick, 1787):

Walker Jackson is a native of the County of Limerick and a good musician, who has composed a number of excellent pieces of music, which are much admired for their harmony and expression. The most favoured of Mr. Jackson's compositions are: Jackson's Morning Brush: the Turret: the Humours of Castle Jackson: Jackson's Ramble: Roving Blade and the Cream of the Jest.

"Huish the Cat" is the title collector Edward Bunting gave to the melody in his third collection (and appears in his index as "Hush the Cat"), while Stanfrod/Petrie has it as "Pis ar an Iarta" (Peas on the Hearth). See also the related tunes "Bill Harte's Jig," "Bímíd ag Ól (1)," "Foxy Mary (1)" (the first part). "Whish, Cat from under the Table," "Huish the Cat," "Hush the Cat." The jig was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscripts (vol. 2, p. 169) of Canon James Goodman (County Cork) as "Humours of Purteen (The)," and was published in Dublin by Smollet Holden in 1795 as "Humours of Panteen."

Source for notated version: James Goodman (1828-1896) entered the tune into his manuscript, having obtained it from the music manuscript collections of Seán Ó Dálaigh (John O'Daly, 1800-1878), the great nineteenth-century scribe; compiler and collector of manuscripts; editor; anthologist; publisher of Gaelic verse and stories and founder of societies for the publication of Gaelic literature, best-known today for his volume ‘’’Poets and Poetry of Munster’’’ (1849). O’Daly was born in the Sliabh gCua area of west Waterford and was, like Goodman, a teacher of Irish.

Printed sources: Holden (Old Established Irish Slow and Quick Tunes), c. 1795; p. 4 (parts in different order). Lee (Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes), c. 1774; p. 3. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 47.

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