111a – The Gentleman’s Musical Repository by Charles P F O’Hara

An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.


1      1813


End paper, advertisement; p [i], title; p [ii], Contents; pp [iii]-vi, Introduction; pp [3]-4, tunes (4); pp 5-44, tunes No 1-52.

16 libraries throughout USA including:

  • New York State Library
  • Brown University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Private Collection
  • Stan Ransom, hammered dulcimer player, USA. See www.stanransom.com/battleplatt.htm
  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.  Marbled boards; 10.81” x 8.26”. Signature of James Irwin, Philadelphia, 1816 on title-page.

There are 11 tunes composed by O’Hara and they all commemorate people or incidents in the Anglo-American War of 1812. The remainder are as stated in the title-page and are predominantly Irish and Scottish.

The advertisement is for O’Hara’s Repository of Ancient and Modern Irish and Scotch Melodies. Nothing is known of this book beyond what is stated in the advertisement. Stan Ransom who is a librarian in USA searched the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database and it does not feature.

Little is known about O’Hara; he does not feature in Captain Francis O’Neill’s Irish Minstrels and Musicians published by The Regan Printing House, Chicago, 1913. It appears that he migrated to USA from Ireland in 1812, aged 31, and his occupation is given as a ‘teacher of music’. This information came from the book British Aliens in the United States during the War of 1812 by Kenneth Scott, published by Genealogical Publishing Co 1979 Baltimore.

He married Phebe Elam CARLTON, daughter of Martin L and Frances Elam Carlton at Powhatan County, Virginia on 22 AUG 1816. See brideindex.info.


  • Rev 00. (25 October 2008).
  • Rev 01. (4 April 2015).  Format changed for bibliography.altpibroch.com. The edition numbering changed from Roman to Arabic numerals.

© Geoff Hore 2015