The Knights of Glin
The Knights of Glin by John Bottomley, won third prize in the Shasta Piping Society original piobaireachd composition competition in 2017. Bottomley writes:
The Knight of Glin (dormant 14 September 2011), also known as the Black Knight or Knight of the Valley, was a hereditary title held by the FitzGerald families of County Limerick, since the early 14th century. Like the Knights of Kerry, the Knights of Glin descended from one of the younger or illegitimate sons of the 1st Baron Desmond and Honora (daughter of Hugh O'Connor, of Kerry). Lord Desmond was also known as Sir John Fitz-John or Seán Mór na Sursainge, and he lived c. 1260. The last knight, Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, died on 14 September 2011.
My wife, Claire, read about the death of the last knight (neither one of us remembers where) and mentioned it to me. When I found out he was also known as the Black Knight, I had to write a tune. I wanted a strong tune to honor the title, with just a touch of lament because of the ending of the line of knights.