Sir Edward Crofton
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SIR EDWARD CROFTON. Irish, Air or Planxty (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). There are words to this drinking song, attributed to O'Carolan, but they do not correspond to the melody that O'Sullivan found in the music manuscript collection of County Cork musician and collector Forde (c.1795–1850) and the similar air published by John Lee in his Favourite Collection of the so much admired old Irish Tunes, the original and genuine compositions of Carolan, the celebrated Irish Bard (Dublin, 1780, p. 26).
Sir Edward Crofton inherited the Baronetcy of Mote, County Roscommon, in 1675, on the death of his father. He married Katherine St. George in 1684, whose mother is said to have befriended Carolan's father. Crofton was obliged to flee Ireland for London during the years of King James's Irish Parliament, but he was restored to his estates on the accession of William III. He was a Member of Parliament for Boyle from 1695 until his death. In 1714 he became a member of Queen Anne's Privy Council. Crofton died overseas, in Lyons, in 1729 and his body was returned to Ireland to be buried in Kilmain Churchyard above the house at Mote.
- Donal O'Sullivan, Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper, 1958, p. 234.