The Castle Otway Harp

Also known as Patrick Quin’s Harp

Otway Harp

Photograph from The Irish and Highland Harps
by Robert Bruce Armstrong

Feature Detail
Date Probably 17th century
String Count 34
Height 104 cm (41 inches)
Soundbox Hollowed out from a single block (“willow”), maximum width is 31 cm (12 inches)
Current Location Library of Trinity College, Dublin

The height given above for this harp is an approximation as the bottom of the soundbox’s projecting block is concealed within a display stand.

Please visit The Castle Otway Harp page here on for history of this harp, including an appendix on the Members of the Otway family who were owners of Castle Otway or might have had a connection with the Castle Otway harp in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For Robert Bruce Armstrong’s account of this harp, see The Irish and Highland Harps pages 73 through 79. Armstrong includes two plates for this harp, as well as an illustration of Patrick Quinn, who according to Edward Bunting once owned this harp. Please also see the drawing on page 28 of that same book.