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GUEST,John Moulden Origins: The Old Cow of Killylock / Killylough (19) RE: Origins: The Old Cow of Killylock 27 Jun 13

Jim Dixon, Many thanks for this very useful reference; good research!

The text you quote is actually from Will Carleton's "Dandy Pat" Songster, one of ten sections of the Tony Pastor book. It was published in 1864.
What we have are two apparent claims to authorship - HB Kane, Killylough and James O'Kane Swatragh. The latter was born in 1832 and so was over thirty when the Dandy Pat Songster was published. Is it possible that these claims are for the same person? The 1938 volume to which I referred at the outset of this thread was compiled by a journalist who had never met The Miller. I conjecture that the version in the Songster could be his original and that the version, in much less assured verse, in the 1938 volume, has been confused in oral transmission. The reference to 'a garibaldi' is consistent with an origin around 1860 when Garibaldi's campaigns to unify Italy reached a successful conclusion. The Garibaldi was a blouse-like garment, adapted from Garibaldi's characteristc wear, worn by women.

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