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LORD LOUTH. Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).

Turlough O'Carolan

O'Sullivan (1958) concludes the subject of Carolan's air is Matthew Plunkett, 9th Baron Louth, born in 1698, who succeeded to the title in 1707. He married Susanna Mason in 1716 and died in June, 1754. The family seat was Louth Hall, at Tallanstown, north of Ardee, County Louth, and O'Sullivan belives (from the first line of the poem set to the air) that Carolan must have visited Plunkett at Tallanstown.

Source for notated version: Charles and Samuel Thompson's The Hibernian Muse; a Collection of Irish Airs, including the Most Favourite Compositions of Caroland, the Celebrated Irish Bard (London, c. 1786) [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 77, p. 65. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, TImes and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 77, p. 143.

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