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JOHN NUGENT. AKA - "John Nugent of Colamber." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). The Nugent family was of Castle Nugent, Coolamber, County Westmeath, and were Catholic gentry. Although the youngest of four sons, John came into the family lands when his brothers were killed "in the Emperor's service" on the Continent. The song is Carolan's welcome to a lady come from abroad, and O'Sullivan (1958) concludes that this is Lady Margaret Plunkett, who married John Nugent in 1720. John died in 1749, outliving Margaret by more than a year.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 107, p. 80. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 25. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 107, p. 158. Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), London, 1787; No. 1, p. 1.