List of the Principal Collections of Irish Music (from 1725 to 1887)

William H. Grattan Flood
Appendix A


1726 Neale's Collection of Irish and Scotch Tunes (Dublin).
1726 Neale's Book of Irish Tunes (Dublin).
1727-8 Wright's Aria di Camera.
1729 Coffey's ballad-opera, The Beggar's Wedding.
1738 The Vocal Miscellany (Dublin).[1]
1742 Burke Thumoth's Scotch and Irish Airs.
1743 Burke Thumoth's English and Irish Airs.
1747 Henry Brooke's ballad-opera, Jack the Giant Queller.
1747 O'Carolan's Collection (Dublin).
1748-9 Rutherford's 200 Country Dances.
1743-64 Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion—12 books.
1754 Lee's Masque—3 books. (Dublin).
1771 MacLean's Selection of 22 Original Airs (Dublin).
1774 Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin).[2]
1775 The Hibernian Catch Book (Dublin).
1779 O'Carolan's Collection (New Edition) (Dublin).[3]
1784 MacDonald's Collection of Highland Airs.
1786 Walker's Irish Bards (Dublin).
1786 The Musical Miscellany (Perth).[4]
1787 Thompson's Hibernian Muse.
1788 Aird's Selection.
1791 Brysson's 50 Favourite Irish Airs.
1792-3 The Edinburgh Musical Miscellany.
1794 Cooke's Selection of 21 Favourite Original Irish Airs (Dublin).
1795 Gaudry's Masonic Songs (Dublin).
1796 Bunting's Ancient Irish Music.
1798 Holden's Masonic Songs (Dublin).
1793-9 Thomson's Four Sets of Scottish Airs (including numerous Irish Tunes).
1797-9 Vocal Magazine.
1787-1803 The Scots Musical Museum.
1801 Crotch's Specimens.
1800-2 O'Farrell's Irish Music for the Union Pipes.
1804 Mulholland's Irish and Scots Tunes.
1805 Miss Owenson's Twelve Hibernian Melodies (Dublin).
1804-6 Holden's Collection of Irish Tunes—two books—(Dublin).
1805-8 Hime's Selection of Original Irish Airs (Dublin).
1804-10 O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish Pipes.
1807 Abraham Mackintosh's Collection.
1808 Holden's Periodical Irish Melodies (Dublin).
1808 Crosby's Irish Musical Repository.
1809 Murphy's Irish Airs and Jigs.
1809 Bunting's Second Collection.[5]
1810 Mulholland's Ancient Irish Airs (Belfast).
1810 Power's Musical Cabinet (Dublin).
1812 National Melodies of England and Ireland.
1804-14 Hime's Collection of Country Dances (Dublin).
1808-12 Moore's Irish Melodies, No. 1 to No. 4 (Dublin).[6]
1815 Fraser's Highland Airs.
1814-16 Thomson's Irish Airs (arranged by Beethoven). Two Vols.
1815-17 Kinloch's One Hundred Airs.
1813-18 Moore's Irish Melodies. No. 5 to No. 7 (inclusively), (Dublin).
1814-16 Fitzsimon's Irish Minstrelsy, by Dr. Smith (Dublin).
1818 A Selection of Irish Melodies (Dublin).
1818 Holden's Favourite Irish Airs (Dublin).
1816-18 Campbell's Albyn's Anthology.
1820 Mona Melodies.
1821 MacCullagh's Collection of Irish Airs. Three Vols. (Dublin).
1821-22 O'Callaghan's Collection of Irish Airs.
1821-24 Moore's Irish Melodies. Nos. 8 and 9.[7]
1825 Smith's Vocal Melodies of Ireland.
1826 Egan's National Lyrics.
1834 Moore's Irish Melodies. No. 10 and Supplement.
1840 Bunting's Third Collection.
1840 Clinton's 200 Irish Melodies for the Flute.
1840 Alexander's Flowers of the Emerald Isle.
1840-2 The Citizen, edited by W. E. Hudson.
1841 Clinton's Gems of Ireland.
1841 Crouch's Songs of Ireland.
1841-2 National Music of Ireland.
1843 Fitzgerald's Old Songs of Old Ireland, by Guernsey. 1844 Horncastle's Music of Ireland.
1844-5 The Spirit of the Nation.
1845 Lynch's Melodies of Ireland. Six books.
1846 Conran's National Music of Ireland.[8]
1847 Henderson's Flowers of Irish Melody. Two Vols.
1849 O'Daly's Poets and Poetry of Munster. First Series.
1850 Moore's Irish Melodies, by Francis Robinson. Two Vols.
1854 Surenne's Songs of Ireland.
1855 Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland.[9]
1859 Moore's Irish Melodies, by Glover.
1859 Moore's Irish Melodies, by Balfe.
1860 Gems from Ould Ireland, by Ogden.
1860 Songs of Ireland, by Wellington Guernsey.
1860 O'Daly's Poets and Poetry of Munster. New Series.
1861 Davidson's Irish Melodies.
1861 Hughes's Collection.
1865 Old Songs of Ireland, by Arthur O'Brien.
1858-73 Levey's Collection of Irish Dance Music. Two Vols.
1873 Dr. Joyce's Ancient Irish Music.
1873 Songs of Ireland, by Molloy (Boosey's edition).[10]
1877 Hoffman's edition of Petrie for Pianoforte (Dublin).
1882 Songs of Old Ireland, by Stanford.
1887 Irish Music and Song, by Joyce.


[1] This is the third edition of a book of the same name of which the original was printed in London, in 1733. The names of the tunes are prefixed to each song.

[2] There have been three reprints of this collection.

[3] The date for this publication is usually given as "1780," but it was issued on January 1st, 1779. Another edition was issued in 1783, by Hime, of College Green. I have traced four other editions between the year 1780 and 1800; and, in 1804, Broderip and Wilkinson of London, published an edition, suppressing the names of the tunes.

[4] A new and enlarged edition of this work appeared in 1788, under the title of Calliope, containing English, Irish, and Scots songs, a copy of which is in my musical library.

[5] There were two issues of this edition, but the original was, in 1809, by Clements, of London, containing seventy-seven airs, price £1 6s. The second edition was published in 1811.

[6] Most authors give the year 1807 as the date of the first issue of Moore's Irish Melodies. The actual date was 5th April, 1808, and the publisher was William Power of No. 4 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, the printers being Messrs. Carrick, of 29 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin. This first number contained twelve airs.

[7] No. 8 was published by James Power, London, in 1821, with symphonies and accompaniments by Sir Henry Bishop. However, in June of the same year, a pirated edition was published by William Power, 4 Westmoreland-street, Dublin, with symphonies and accompaniments by Sir John Stevenson.

[8] Published by James Duffy, Dublin. A second edition was issued in 1850 by Johnson, of London.

[9] A Supplement, containing thirty four airs, was issued in 1882. However, the entire Petrie Collection, in three volumes, containing almost 2,000 airs, has been recently issued by Boosey, of London, for the Irish Literary Society, London.

[10] An enlarged edition, by Hatton and Molloy, was printed in 1882.