Squire Parsons

Parsons Family Crest
Parsons Family Crest

The principal Parsons family in Ireland is that of the Earl of Rosse at Birr, which formerly had the alternative name of Parsonstown. But Birr is outside Carolan's district, and if the tune was composed by him the subject is probably William Parsons of Garadice, Co. Leitrim. Garadice House stood on the shore of the pretty lake of that name, which is in the parish of Drumreily and about four miles east of Ballinamore. Carolan must have known the squire, because he would pass through Garadice on his way home to Mohill from the Maguires of Tempo. William Parsons of Garadice died on 29th March, 1730.

Song Notations

Notations are courtesy of Carolan, the Life and Times of an Irish Harper by Dónal O'Sullivan vol 1 pg. Celtic Music Edition 1983.

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com, 2005.
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