Frainc Palmer - Frank Palmer


Palmer Family Crest

This tune was composed for three people, Roger Palmer of Palmerstown, County Mayo, his wife Mary Browne and their son, Francis (Frank) who is referred to in the Gaelic lyrics as "Colonel Palmer." Carolan is also supposed to have composed individual tunes to Mrs. Palmer, Frank Palmer and Roger Palmer, but they are lost.

Roger Palmer and Mary Browne were married c. 1717-1724 and Roger died in 1750. Mrs. Palmer was the sister (or aunt) or Sr. John Browne of the Neale, 5th Baronet, who was tried for killing his neighbor, Robert Miller, in a duel. In 1749 he was convicted of manslaughter and sentened to six months in prison and to be "burnt in the hand at the bar of the King's Bench" (O'Sullivan, v. 2, 91)

1. Cuirim féin an triúr sin
Ar chroimrighe 's ar chumhdach
Áird-Ríogh na ndúl tái bpárrthas,
Mar tá Ruairi an chraobh chúmhra
Agus stáid-bhean do Bhrúnach
Lérab'ainm dí an chúilfhionn Máire.

2. Tá sí múinte
Agus fuair sí an cliú sin,
Tá an sway aici ó Bhóinn go Ceann-tsáile
'S go mba fada saoghalach buan
Bhéas oidhre ar a'dútha sin,
Coirnéal cliúiteamhail Pámar.


Notations are courtesy of The Life, times and Music of an Irish Harper by Donal O'Sullivan

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com 2005
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