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Highland Music Trust


Highland Music Trust (Scottish Charity SC028065), based in Inverness, Scotland, is a charitable trust established for the encouragement of Scottish national and traditional music.

The Trust is most grateful to the A K Bell Library in Perth for access to their magnificent Atholl Collection, bequeathed by Lady Dorothea Stewart Murray, from which collection we have transcribed the music.


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The Shepherd Collections

William Shepherd (17?? - 1812), of Edinburgh's First Collection was printed for him about 1793. In 1796 he began business as a music seller in partnership with Nathaniel Gow, trading as Gow & Shepherd, and the Second Collection was published by the firm in the early 1800s.

The Collections are available here as free downloads in PDF form.


The Pringle Collections

John Pringle, born c. 1770, fiddler-composer of Edinburgh, published 2 collections: A Collection of Reels Strathspeys & Jigs (Edinburgh, 1801), Printed & Sold by J. Hamilton, No. 24 North Bridge Street, and A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs &c (Edinburgh, date unknown) Printed for the Author, to be had at his Lodgings, No 16 Rose Street.

The Collections are available here as free downloads in PDF form.


The Petrie Collections

Robert Petrie (1767-1830) was born in Kirkmichael, Perthshire.

Glen writes "There is little known of his early history; but he was regarded in and about his native place as an excellent violin player, although from his personal habits and propensities he has been described as a "ne’er-dae-weel"".

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The Macintyre Collections

Duncan Macintyre (c1767-c1807) appears to have originated in Perthshire, and may have been acquainted with the Gow family, for they published some of his compositions. He went to live in London and described himself as a Teacher of Scotch Dancing. He published his Collection of his own tunes in London in 1794.

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The French Collection

John French, Fiddler-Composer of Ayr, compiled a Collection of New Strathspeys, Reels etc dedicated to Mrs Boswell of Auchinleck. It was published posthumously by Gow & Shepherd in 1801, "for behoof of Mr French’s widow and children", which suggests they may have been left in needy circumstances. Much of the music seems to have been composed by French himself.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Morison Collections

Jane Fraser Morison, musician and collector of Gaelic airs, Kintail Manse, Wester Ross, produced 2 collections of Highland Airs and Quicksteps, which were published by Logan & Co, Inverness in 1882. Her notes to Book 2 say " the greater part of the Gaelic Airs... belong exclusively to the West Highlands, and have never before been published. They have all been arranged as simply as possible, to preserve the true pipe-like character of the Music".

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The Surenne Collection

John Thomas Surenne, born London 1814, died Edinburgh 1878 was an organist, editor and composer, and was also described as "a man of refined taste and scholarly attainments, a sound musician and most courteous gentleman". He published a number of compositions and collections. The Dance Music of Scotland, published in 1851, consists entirely of reels and strathspeys, being 245 of the favourite dance tunes of his day.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Abraham Mackintosh Collections

Abraham Mackintosh (or Macintosh), born 1769, son of the great composer Robert Mackintosh, published "Thirty New Strathspey Reels etc..." composed by him, at Edinburgh c. 1792. A second edition "with additions by the Publishers" includes tunes not composed by him. His 3rd book is "A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs etc...Selected and Composed by Abraham Mackintosh, Teacher of Dancing, Newcastle -upon- Tyne"

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Earl of Eglinton's collection

Hugh Montgomerie Eglinton, 12th Earl (1739 -1819), Fiddler-Composer, showed an aristocratic modesty in naming his New Strathspey Reels for the Piano Forte, Violin and Violoncello Composed by a Gentleman and given with Permission to be Published by Nathl. Gow in 1796.

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John MacGlashan's Collection of Strathspey Reels

John MacGlashan, possibly brother of the better-known Alexander 'King' Macglashan, published A Collection of Strathspey Reels for the Piano Forte, Violin, or German Flute at Edinburgh in 1796.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


Köhlers' Violin Repository Book 1

The firm of Ernest Köhler & Son, Edinburgh, published in 1881-85 a series of small booklets of dance music, which were later collected and republished in 3 volumes, of which this is the first. They contain a wide variety of music from international sources, including some fine hornpipes. The editor was W B Laybourn. Facsimile copies of all three collections can be found at www.imslp.com.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The James Campbell Collection

James Campbell published his Collection of Marches, Quick Steps, Strathspeys, Reels, etc at Glasgow in 1798

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Clark Collection

JOHN CLARK, Fiddler/ Composer, Perth, published his Collection of New Strathspey Reels & Country Dances in 1795, which he dedicated to the Musical Society of Perth. The cover bore the stern warning "NB. Such copies who are not signed & numbered by the Composer’s own hand write are a Forgery, & will be strictly Looked after".

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Mclaren Collection

Daniel McLaren, Fiddler-Composer, Taymouth, Perthshire, published his Collection of Strathspey Reels, etc, at Edinburgh in 1794.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The John Riddell Collection

JOHN RIDDELL, Fiddler/Composer, Ayr (1718-95) published his Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets etc c. 1766 and a 2nd Edition, "Greatly Improved" in 1782

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Magdelina Stirling Collection

Miss Magdelina Stirling (1766-1846), the youngest daughter of Sir William Stirling, 4th Baronet of Ardoch, had most of her “Twelve Tunes” published in various late 18th c. Collections, but they were printed together in this small collection of about 1812.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


The Duff Collection

CHARLES DUFF (c.1760-1822), musician and music seller in Dundee, published his Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs etc in about 1792. It includes a number of compositions by John McDonald, dancing master, Dundee.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.


Andrew Shirrefs Collection

ANDREW SHIRREFS published his Forty Pieces of Original Music in about 1788. Our transcription does not include the last few items, which are songs with words.

The Collection is available here as a free download in PDF form.



Arrangements of favourite slow airs may be downloaded free at www.ericallanscottishmusic.co.uk.


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