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Details of the Tunes and Sources in Gatherer's Musical Museum (1987)

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Adew Dundee Based on versions in Skene, Playford and O'Neill DMI. Also called Bonnie Dundee, Saw Ye My Wee Thing and, in Ireland, The Laccarue Boys. See also The Hearty Boys of Ballymote in Holland's collection.
The Balkan Hills A pipe march from Gray & Seaton.
The Banks of Spey Based on a version in Oswald, Book 2.
Banarach Donnach Rhuidh Source forgotten or lost. Sorry.
The Battle of the Somme A retreat from "Army Manual" Book 2. Composed by Willie Lawrie (Unfortunately I learnt this after the book had been printed).
The Black Eyed Lassie From Cole's.
The Blue Eyed Lassie From Cole's.
Bonnie Charlie By Niel Gow, in "Repository" Book 3.
Bonnie Strathmore From Kerr Book 3.
The Bottle Bank From Kohler, written by James Hill.
The Bridegroom Greits From Hamilton. The basis of this tune was used for the song Auld Robin Gray.
Buckingham House By Abraham Mackintosh from Glen, Book 2.
Ca' the Stirks Frae Out the Corn From Lowe, Book 5. Said to be a very old Scottish air.
Caledonian Laddie From Kerr, Book 2.
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle Based on several versions. The earliest printed version I've seen is in Ross (1875). In the U.S. this march is still played under the title Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap.
Col. Ridley's Quickstep By Abraham Macintosh. This is a minor version adapted by me; the original is in A.
Daffy Don't You Adapted by me from a version in Cole's.
Dr Keith By James Scott Skinner, from "Miller".
The Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside By James Scott Skinner, from "Miller".
The Duke of Sutherland By Joseph Lowe from Lowe Book 2.
The Dundee Hornpipe Learnt from friends. Also called The Union Hornpipe or The Kildare Fancy.
Edinburgh Jigg From Rutherford.
Excelsior By James Scott Skinner, from "Miller".
Factory Smoke From Kohler. There is an almost identical hornpipe called The Tide Comes In in Kerr's Bk 3, and it has been found under that title in two manuscripts credited to James Hill. I have also been informed that it is played in Cape Breton, but without a title or source.
The Fiddler's Joy From McLennan, Book 2.
Francis Sitwell By Nathaniel Gow, from Gow, Book 4.
Fye, Gar Rub Her O'er Wi' Strae From Orpheus.
The Gates of Edinburgh From Rutherford
The Glasgow Hornpipe From O'Neill DMI.
Glenlivet From Kerrs.
Go to Berwick Johnnie From Johnson. The earliest version I've come across is in "Margaret Sinkler's Musick Book" (1710).
The Grand Antiquity From Allan.
Greenwoodside From David Glen, Part 1.
Hamilton Races By Niel Gow, in "Repository" Part 4. Also called The Three Sheepskins.
The Hare Amang the Heather Adapted from a version in Kerr, Book 4.
Here's to All Around Ardmillan By J Warden, from Universal.
Hey Ca' Through From Universal.
The Highland Boat Song From Maver. Recorded as The Arran Boat Song by John & Phil Cunningham on their album "Against the Storm" (Highway SHY 7011)
The Highway to Edinburgh From Wood. Also called The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre and My Tocher's the Jewel. Niel Gow turned it into a slow air and called it Lord Elcho's Favourite.
The Hills of Glenorchy First version from "Scots Guards", and is a pipe tune. The second is in Gow's Reels, Part 6. In Ireland it is called The Jolly Corkonian.
The Highlander's Farewell A pipe variation of the tune, sometimes known as Highland Harry.
Hoddam Castle By Mr Sharpe of Hoddam, written as a slow air. From Gow's Reels, Book 3.
The Hon James Ramsey By Niel Gow Junior, from Gow Jr.
Honeyman's In Honeyman, this piece is entitled "Easy Melody for Setting the Hand to B Flat". I've called it Honeyman's.
The House of Glamis From Wood.
The Humours of Glasgow Fair In Universal this is called Where are you Going Sweet Robin?, with the postscript: "The song The Humours of Glasgow Fair is sung to the above air.
Jeannie Ainslie's Shoetapper By Nigel Gatherer.
John Paterson's Mare From Universal, where it is followed by a set of variations a 'gallop time'.
Johnny Cope The first part is well known, the variation comes from Kohler. Seek out Planxty's variations on their LP "Cold Blow and the Rainy Night".
Johnny's Trip to France From O'Niell Waifs, where Capt Francis O'Niell said that this "...fine marching probably of Scots origin."
Jumpers By James Scott Skinner, from Miller.
Lads of Leith Collected by Burns, and used by him for She's Fair and Fause. In Holland's Collection it has acquired the name The Beauties of the Ballroom. Here from Wood.
Lady Beatrice Hamilton By William Marshall from Marshall, Vol 2.
Lady Louisa Cornwallis's By William Marshall, in Macdonald.
Lady Wemyss From Repository, Pt 1.
Leslie From Skye.
Leslie's March From Oswald, Bk 2. Also in Gow's Reels, Pt 2 as Duplin House. Also called Blue Bonnets. The Chieftains recorded it under the title The March from Oscar & Malvina on their LP "Boil the Breakfast Early".
Lord Balgownie's Favourite Alex Campbell claimed to have composed and published this as a strathspey in 1792, and Niel Gow called it "a very old Highland tune". George Farquhar Graham, editor of Wood, points out that an air in Fraser called An Dileachdan (The Orphan) has many similarities, and could be the original .
Macdonald's March to the Wars From Piper's.
The Mason's Apron A well known reel in Scotland and Ireland. First variation by Nigel Gatherer; second quite common amongst Scottish and Irish fiddlers, claimed by both Bobby McLeod and Sean Maguire.
Miss Barbara Cunningham By Robert Macintosh, here from Glen.
Miss Brown's Favourite From Aird.
Miss Campbell of Saddell From Glen, composed by Robert Macintosh.
Miss Falconer From Lowe.
Miss Graham 1st version from Kerr, Book 1. 2nd is a minor version of the same tune. The Battlefield Band play it like this on their LP "Home is Where the Van Is".
Miss Isaac Forsyth By William Marshall, from Marshall, vol 2.
Miss Jessie Scott From Athole.
Miss Mary Macdonald's Reel From Gow's Reels, Pt 2.
Miss Marianne Oliphant By Robert Macintosh, from Macintosh, Pt 3.
Miss Sharpe's Favourite By Mr Sharpe of Hoddam, from Gow, Pt 3
Miss Susan Gordon In Marshall.
Mr George Forbes Junior By Marshall.
Mrs Charles Menteath, Clofaburn From Riddell.
Mrs Dundas of Arniston From Lowe, Bk 1.
The New Brig of Glasgow From Cole's.
New Claret From Repository, Pt 2.
Old Man at the Dyke From Tocher No 21, a gaelic port-a-beul (vocal tune) called Bodachan a' gharaidh.
The Piper's Bonnet From Mackay.
The Piper's Maggot From Bremner.
Port Patrick From Oswald, Bk 12.
Princess Augusta Slightly adapted from Nathaniel Gow's composition in Gow's Reels, Pt 3.
The Rashes From Wood.
The Red Plaid From Kerr, Bk 4.
Salmon Tails Up the Water From Lowe, Bk 5.
Sheep Shanks From Lowe, Bk 6.
Sour Plums in Galashiels Composed in the early 1700s by the Laird of Galashiel's piper. Here from Wood.
The St Kilda Reel From Beauties.
Thief of Lochaber Adapted from The Thief of Loch Earne in O'Neill DMI. Sandy Coghill plays a version and calls it Thief of Lochaber, and so do The Battlefield Band on "Home is Where the Van Is" (Temple TP005, 1980).
Toddlin' Hame From Johnson. Also called My Ain Fireside.
Twine Weel the Plaiden From Wood.
Two Furlongs from Edinburgh Appears in the Leyden Manuscript (c.1690s); here from Wood.
The Wee Wee German Lairdie By James Hogg, composed to accompany the words of the song of that name. The song is now usually sung to another tune. From Wood.
The West End Slightly adapted from The West End Hornpipe in Honeyman.
Willie Duncan Claimed by Nathaniel Gow, in Repository.
The Yellow Haired Laddie From Hamilton.


Aird "Aird's Selections" (1782-97)
Allan Mozart Allan, "Reels, Strathspeys and General Dance Music" (Glasgow, n.d.)
Athole J.S.Robertson's "Athole Collection" (1884)
Army Manual "Army Manual of Bagpipe Tunes", Book 2 (1934)
Beauties "The Beauties of Neil Gow" (1819)
Bremner Robert Bremner's "Collection of Scots Reels and Country Dances" (1758)
Cole's "Cole's 1000 Fiddle Tunes" (Chicago, n.d.)
David Glen "David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music" Part 1 (1876)
Fraser Capt Fraser's "Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (1815)
Glen "The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music" Book 2 (1895)
Gray & Seton "Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music and Drum Settings" Book 1 (1925)
Gow Neil Gow's "Second Collection of Reels" (1788); Neil Gow's "Third Collection" (1792); Neil Gow's "Fourth Collection of Strathspey Reels" (1837)
Gow Junior Neil Gow Junior, "Collection of Airs, Reels, Strathspeys"
Hamilton Hamilton's "Select Songs of Scotland" Glasgow 1848)
Harp James Scott Skinner, "Harp and Claymore" collection (1904)
Holland "Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes" (Cape Breton, 1992)
Honeyman William C Honeyman, "The Young Violinist's Tutor and Duet Book" (Edinburgh, n.d.)
Johnson Johnson, "Scots Musical Museum" (1793-1841)
Kerr "Kerr's First Collection of Merry Melodies" (Glasgow, n.d.); "Kerr's Second Collection of Merry Melodies" (Glasgow, n.d.); "Kerr's Third Collection of Merry Melodies" (Glasgow, n.d.); "Kerr's Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies" (Glasgow, n.d.)
Köhler "Köhler's Violin Repository" (1881-1885)
Lowe "Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs" (1844-45)
Macdonald Norman Macdonald, "The Skye Collection"
Macintosh Robert Macintosh, "Third Collection" (1796)
Marshall William Marshall, "Scottish Airs, Melodies, Strathspeys and Reels" Vol 2 (1822)
Maver "Maver's Collection of Genuine Scottish Melodies" (Glasgow 1885)
Mackay Angus Mackay, "A Collection of Marches, Quicksteps, Strathspeys, Reels and Jigs" (c.1840)
McLennan John McLennan, "Dunoon Highland Gathering Collection of Bagpipe Music" Bk 2 (c.1912)
Miller James Scott Skinner, "The Miller o' Hirn" Collection (1881)
O'Neill DMI "Dance Music of Ireland", compiled by Capt Francis O'Neill".
O'Neill Waifs "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody" by Capt Francis O'Neill (1922)
Orpheus "Orpheus Caledonius" (1725)
Oswald Oswald's "Caledonian Pocket Companion" Book 2 (c.1758); Oswald's "Caledonian Pocket Companion" Book 12 (c.1760); Oswald's "Second Collection" (1740-42)
Piper's "Scottish Piper's Society Book of Tunes" (1912)
Playford Playford's "Dancing Master" (1688)
Repository "Complete Repository of Scots Slow Tunes" (1799-1817)
Riddell Robert Riddell's "Collection of Scotch, Galwegian and Border Tunes" (1794)
Ross "William Ross's Collection of Pipe Music" (1875)
Rutherford "Rutherford's Complete Collection"
Scots Guards "Scots Guards - Standard Settings"
Skene The Skene Manuscript (c1630-40)
Tocher Periodical issued by the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University
Universal "Hamilton's Universal Tunebook" (Glasgow, n.d.)
Walker Alexander Walker's "A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches &c" (1866)
Wood Wood's "Songs of Scotland" (Edinburgh 1848-49)

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