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Origins: Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn

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THE HIRING FAIR AT HAMILTONSBAWN
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ripov 25 Oct 21 - 04:56 PM
GUEST 28 Apr 05 - 05:21 AM
ard mhacha 11 Apr 03 - 10:29 AM
GUEST,Donal 11 Apr 03 - 10:13 AM
GUEST,Philippa 11 Apr 03 - 06:44 AM
BUTTERFLY 11 Apr 03 - 05:08 AM
Bloomfield 10 Apr 03 - 11:18 PM
alison 10 Apr 03 - 07:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn
From: ripov
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 04:56 PM

If mother-in -law was still with us I could probably fill several pages with her reminisences, I only know that she had some links with a hamilt on family, and she often spoke of the hiring fair in Letterkenny, known locally as the"Scotch" fair, as it was Scotsmen who would come looking for work many (Ithink) from the glasgow area


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 05:21 AM

I passed the site of the Burnhouse near Lisburn in the last few months and there was still a smell from it (not as bad, I think, as in the old days)and it was stil going in some form.

Interestingly, the tune used for "Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn" (at least as sung on a CD which I have by one Brendan Bailey) seems very similar to "Spancil Hill" and "Flower of Sweet Strabane", which shows how versatile it is.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: ard mhacha
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 10:29 AM

The Burnhouse that blighted the district around The Maze, [close by the Long Kesh Prison,] closed down a number of years ago.
When we played football in our youth an opponent who was cutting it up rough, was told in no uncertain terms,"that another tackle like that, asnd you`re for the Burnhouse", Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhous
From: GUEST,Donal
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 10:13 AM

It was a very common thing when I was a boy in North
Antrim for people to make jokes about someone who was
sick being taken away by 'Burnhouse', since they were the people who picked up all the carcases of cattle which died of disease etc., on the farm. I well remember the stink of their
factory south of Belfast, it was in a clas of it's own.
                                                                                    Don.


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Subject: DTstudy: The Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 06:44 AM

so a knacker's yard is more appropriate than a crematorium, for the point is that the hired man was worked like a mule

In Folksongs Sung in Ulster( Cork: Mercier, 1970), Robin Morton wrote that "The labourer was not always so unfortunate as to hire with a Mr Tom McCann, but people I spoke to had little good to say of the system or the results."

Morton quotes one man who told him about a fair in Monaghan circa 1930, where a heifir would fetch £7 0r £8 and a man was hired for £6/month. When Morton pointed out that the man would also get his keep (as indeed would the heifir!), his informant "acidly replied - 'Aye, well he might give you something to eat - you got licking the plates or something; not too much. It wouldn't bust you anyway.' "

I will, as wrote previously, add some of Morton's comments to the Hiring Fair songs thread. But here is some information he gives about the town of Hamiltonsbawn:
"If you travel the road from Armagh City to Tandragee, you pass through the snug town of Hamiltonsbawn. the area was granted to one John Hamilton who 'planted' it with twenty-six English familes. As the town's name suggests, Hamilton, in common with many planters, built himself a 'bawn' or a fortified house. Unlike the avergae bawn, which was a rather small earthen construction, Hamilton's was of stone and a pretentious sixty feet square. for all the good it did him, he might not have bothered - the bawn was levelled in the war of 1641 - though I suppose it was worth while in that his name survives."


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: BUTTERFLY
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 05:08 AM

In the days (probably before the early 1960s) before the M1 Motorway was built linking Belfast to Dungannon (Co. Tyrone) and Portadown (Co. Armagh), you had to go to Belfast via Lurgan (Co. Armagh), Moira (Co. Down) and Lisburn (Co. Antrim. A few miles south-west of Lisburn (on the road to Moira, and about 10 miles from Belfast) was a factory which processed dead animals, which everyone called "The Burnhouse". One could smell the strong smell as you drove by (I was too young to actually drive in those days, but you get my drift). I can make enquiries, but I think either the place has closed down or else it uses a different process, as I doubt if they would be allowed to produce such a smell nowadays.

Newforge lies about 3 miles south of Belfast and I have a vague recollection of a factory producing a bad smell somewhere around there, which may had an eqivalent function to the one at Lisburn, but was certainly a different place.

If it is of interest to anyone, I could make enquiries about these places, but this is all peripheral to the song "Hiring Fair at Hamilstonsbawn". The custom of hiring out farm labour at these hiring fairs is surely of more interest.

Edenaveys is a townland on the eastern outshirts of Armagh, and would be some mles west of Hamilstonsbawn, itself a small village about 5 miles east south east of Armagh.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Bloomfield
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 11:18 PM

alison: The thread they are refering to was about hiring-fair songs in general, and the one about the hiring fair at Hamiltonsbawn was mentioned, but only in passing.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: alison
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 07:38 PM

My ancestors were farmers at Hamiltownsbawn, (I think it was called Edenavase then).... so have I missed a thread about the song?

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 04:38 PM

More likely a healthy serving of irony or even sarcasm, neither of which translate well to the printed word.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Felipa
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 01:47 PM

things could be that bad, or there could be hyperbole for dramatic effect


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Bloomfield
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 06:23 PM

Thank you for the information. I looked up the version in DT before posting, and it is only different in details.

I've read the discussion on the hiring fairs in the other thread; it seems to me an awful remark that our man would be praying to disposed of like animal carcasses.


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Subject: RE: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbawn: Burnhouse?
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 03:23 PM

Morton agrees that "Burnhouse (v.6), by the way, is a 'Knacker's Yard' near Belfast," but he makes no comment about relevant dates.
(couldn't Burnhouse be a generic name rather than a specific abattoir?)

Morton's other comments about hiring fairs belongs in the hiring fair thread rather than here (but not tonight ...)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 03:03 PM

delete my first paragraph; I didn't scroll down the DT far enough; burnhouse is in the last verse. I am embarassed and I will look up the book now to see if there are relevant background notes!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 03:01 PM

the version in the DTis supposed to be from Robin Morton's book so it's no use looking in my copy of the book because I don't see burnhouse mentioned in the DT.

How about a crematorium rather than an abattoir?
It sounds for me like the worker who was wasting away would be cremated just to get away from Tom McCann.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: ard mhacha
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 02:24 PM

This song was around a long time before the Newforge Burnhouse, this is likely an additional verse. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: GUEST,Ballyholme
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 10:53 AM

A stab in the dark, but there is a Burnhouse near Belfast where they used to incinerate animal carcases.


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Subject: Origins: Hiring Fair At Hamiltonsbaw: Burnhouse?
From: Bloomfield
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 09:53 AM

Hi, new here, with a question.

In the song Hiring Fair [at Hamiltonsbawn], the last verse makes a reference I don't understand. (I get it from the 1978 recording Corner House by The Irish Tradition.)

My trousers go too wide for me, my coat was rather big
The skin grew tight upon my back, my hair 'twas like a wig
For days and nights you'd have heard me pray for Burnhouse or its van
To take me from that rascal called Tom McCann.

Who or what is "Burnhouse or its van"?

Thanks.


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