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MRS. COLE. AKA and see "Madame Cole." Irish, Planxty. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Collector George Petrie calls this "one of Carolan's finest airs." It was composed on the occasion of the wedding of John Cole (Florence Court, County Fermanagh) to Jane, daughter of Robert Saunderson (Castle Saunderson, County Cavan), sometime in the early 1720's. John Cole, notes O'Sullivan (1958), "was the M.P. for Enniskillen and ancestor of the present Earl of Enniskillen." O'Sullivan believes the words to the air were sung to the first strain of the tune, and that the second strain was meant to be an instrumental.
Source for notated version:
Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 15, p. 33.
O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 15.
Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 716, p. 180 (as "Madame Cole").