Back to Mrs. Judge
MRS. JUDGE. AKA - "Abigail Judge (1)," "Planxty Judge." Irish, Planxty (A & B parts in whole time, C and D parts in jig time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). A two part tune that was printed as two separate tunes in Bunting's 1809 Ancient Music of Ireland. Beethoven arranged a setting of the first part of the tune, which appears in Thomson's Select Collection of Original Irish Airs, vol. 2 (1816).
The title, remarks O'Sullivan (1958) refers to the wife of Thomas Judge of Grangebeg, County Westmeath, (for whom see Carolan's "Thomas Judge"), whom he married in 1707. O'Sullivan notes that Hardiman erroneously stated she was from County Sligo.
Source for notated version: Edward Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland, 1809), noted in the first tune from the harper Daniel Black, and in the second (jig) from Hugh Higgins [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 68, p. 60 61. O'Suillivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 68, pp. 138-139.
Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill & Donna Long - “The Morning Dew” (1993).