Thomas Purcell of Loughmoe

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Thomas Purcell of Loughmoe
Baron of Loughmoe
Born1538 (1538)
DiedAugust 3, 1607(1607-08-03) (aged 68–69)
Wife Eleanor Morres [1]

Thomas Purcell, Baron of Loughmoe (1538 – c. 1607) was an Irish nobleman.



Purcell was a member of the wealthy Purcell family, at the time a family of great import in the area. [2] He was a Catholic. [3]

Purcell, with his family and followers, were among the forces that fought against Desmond troops in Kerry in 1599. [4]

On the last day of the Second Desmond Rebellion, Purcell escaped from the fighting, ending his career in warfare. [5]

Cumha Bharúin Loch Mór

Thomas' greatest legacy is most likely a 1599 harp composition he commissioned to be played at his funeral, titled 'Cumha Bharúin Loch Mór' (lit.'the lament of/for the Baron of Loughmore'). [6] [9] [lower-alpha 1] The lament was probably commissioned by Purcell for his impending death.

Purcell had written his last will in March 1597, [10] John Scott composed his lament in 1599, [6] and the Baron eventually died on 3 August 1607.[ citation needed ]


  1. The name of the piece is incorrectly given as 'Cumha Caoine an Albanaigh', lit.''Scott's Lamentation'', in Bunting's 1840 publication, 'The Ancient Music of Ireland', [2] but this would be grammatically incorrect. [8] [ self-published source ]

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  1. de Montmorency-Morres (1817, p. xxiii)
  2. 1 2 Bunting (1796, p. 90)
  3. Horan (2020 , p. 31)
  4. Horan (2020 , p. 7)
  5. Healy (1893 , p. 185)
  6. 1 2 Bunting (1796 , p. 4)
  7. Bunting (1805, p. 226)
  8. 1 2 "Cumha Bharúin Loch Mór". Archived from the original on 8 December 2009.
  9. In Edward Bunting's manuscripts, the title is given as 'Cooee Vareen Lagh Moor', [7] but the title given previously is probably a more accurate transcription. [8] [ self-published source ]
  10. Callanan & Moran (2004 , p. 59, Wills: transcripts)