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Thread #11606   Message #4202283
Posted By: Lighter
09-May-24 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD/Origins: The Bard of Armagh
Subject: RE: Lyr ADD/Origins: The Bard of Armagh
In '09 Jim Dixon posted the text from "Whistle-Binkie" (1878).

That book was published earlier in Glasgow in 1853. It is a very substantial literary anthology of over 900 pages, with extensive biographies of many of the contributors. Unfortunately, Ritchie - the author of "The Bard of Armagh" indicated in the 1847 "National Songster," isn't one of them.

However, "Whistle-Binkie" credits it to a different Ritchie. Maddeningly, the book presents his (or her) name not in print but as a facsimile of his signature! The first name is hard to read, but it looks to me like "Alexander A."


A brief biography of this Ritchie appears in Charles Rogers' "The Modern Scottish Minstrel," Vol. IV, 1857. Born in Edinburgh in 1816 Alexander A. Ritchie became a successful painter, recognized by the Scottish Academy, of Romantic and local Edinburgh scenes.

He also penned a ballad-influenced song, "The Wells o' Wearie," to the tune of "The Bonnie House of Airlie."

Ritchie died in 1850 at the age of thirty-four.