On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish Volume 3

On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... fiddler, Patrick Quin, a native of Portadown, in the county of Armagh, and who was the youngest of the harpers who attended at the assembly in July, 1792, Hampson being the eldest. Quin was brought to Dublin in 1809, as the only survivor of the old harpers, by the unfortunate John Bernard Trotter, who had made a visionary and fruitless attempt to organize a Harp Society, through whose patronage a school for the instruction of a new race of harpers might be established, of which Quin was to be the teacher; and many Dublin septuagenarians like myself may remember his performance at a Commemoration of Handel at the Rotundo in that year, and which was got up with the view to promote this object. "A third harp of this period, which was, and, as I trust, is "-ii-rp still preserved in the county of Limerick, is also, according to belonging to Mr. Bunting, the manufacture of this maker, and engravings of "ici."0' it are given in Walker's ' Irish Bards', and in Ledwich's 'Antiquities of Ireland'. But there can scarcely exist a doubt that my old friend was in error in this statement; for, in addition to the fact that this harp, in its form and style of ornamentation, differs essentially from those of Cormao, we have the statement of Mr. William Ousley, of Limerick, who drew the harp and supplied the information respecting it for Walker, that it bore the insciiption 'Made by John Kelly, 1726'. It was also of greater size than any of the harps of Cormac Kelly, and which were never more than four feet in height; for we are informed that this harp was five feet high, and contained thirty-three strings. In 178 this harp was in the possession of Mr. John Hehir, of Limerick. What has since become of it I know not. "Superior in...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592611
  • 9781236592613