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Dublin Waits

Sent: 23 February 2015 13:28:39 To: Al Garrod (al@garrod.me)

From Alan Radford, 23 Feb 2015
DUBLIN: A J Fletcher, Drama and the Performing Arts in pre-Cromwellian Ireland. Boydell and Brewer, 2001, ISBN 0 85991 573 5

The Dublin Waits, first on record from 1465 (though a band of pipers was already in existence by 1456), existed primarily to serve the civic weal, and were allowed to stray further afield in search of patronage only with the Mayor's prior approval and then only for brief periods. Their first duty was to be available in the city to service the machinery of civic ceremonial. Sometimes they functioned in close proximity to actual civic drama, as in 1561 when after dinner and a pageant of the Nine Worthies organised by the Mayor for the new Lord Deputy, Sir Thomas Radcliffe, the City Waits accompanied the Lord Deputy back to his lodging at the end of the evening.

Waits' livery of blue or watchet colour, bearing the city coat of arms.

In 1603, on the accession of James I, twelve yards of cloth allocated for the waits' new liveries. As typical amount for livery was three yards, that indicates four waits.

Dublin 1724-1725

According to Cowgill and Holman, "Music in the British Provinces 1690-1914", Ashgate, 2007, Thomas Johns(t)on was a Dublin Wait in 1724 and Callaghan MacCarty joined in 1725.

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