BEAMISH, A.M. Commonplace Book watermarked for 1821, containing music and poetry, with several well executed drawings and watercolours. Notebook, bound in black diced calf, spine in six compartments, gilt, “scrap book” title in gilt lettering with gilt patterned edging to the boards and turn-ins. All edges gilt. Red morocco label to the front board titled A.M.Beamish, gilt lined, worn. Internally, gutter margins worn to the front board, but still firm in the binding. Wear to head and tail of the book and external hinges starting. A serviceable binding and still quite handsome. Approx 19.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 2 cm. A musical vignette in ink signed A.M.B. [for A.M.Beamish] acts as a frontispiece, and the first section of the book is made up of some 50 pages of musical notation in a fine manuscript hand in ink, followed by more blank leaves, all on an embossed paper [unsigned]. The following section has the lyrics for the music with notes referring the reader to the appropriate page of music. The lyrics are written in a very tidy but rather difficult hand. The songs include ; Fly Away Pretty Moth; Hear Take My Heart; The Sentinel; Thy Heart Is This; Be Mine Dear Maid; I love But Thee; To A Lady Singing. Several pages have very competent pen and ink drawings with an Irish connection ; Green Castle County Down; Eastmeath- The Bridge & Priory, Newtown; The Irish Harp. A few pages have watercolour flower paintings, and there is one “reversible “ caricature picturing “The Lover/The Husband. We can have fun speculating about the author of this work. We can find only one A.M.Beamish whose dates would appear to fit reasonably well. Alice M.Beamish, [1797 – 1900] married William G. Cotter [date and place unknown] another name, like Beamish, of Irish origin. Her father and mother are unknown, but she appears as the mother of James F. Cotter in United States records. Alice M.Cotter née Beamish died at the advanced age of 103 on 11 Mar 1900 in Monroe County, New York, United States. Alice presumably emigrated with her husband at some time after her marriage, and it seems possible that her possessions were left in Ireland and were passed down to relatives. Further research might turn up other possible names. A romantic little book with musical leanings.
Author Beamish Family