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as one of the best dancers of his time and as having introduced many Scottish dances to the Court of France. Tabouret, in his introduction to the Branles d'Escosse, says that they were in vogue in 156S, and refers his learners to the instrumentalists for a knowledge of the movements of the different Branles which were then popular. Contemporary evidence of dancing in Scotland in the middle of the sixteenth century is in the Complaynt of Scotland, where Branles and Brangles are named as among the other ' licht dances' then indulged in ; but there is no example of music in Scotland so early as the preceding Scottish Branle from the Orchesographie (reprint, Paris, 1888).
Bowallan MS. c. 1620. A tablature lute book of fifty pages in the Edinburgh University Library which formerly belonged to Sir William Muir of Rowallan (1594—1657). It contains a few Scottish melodies.
Straloch. MS. 1627-9. ' An playing book for the lvte. Wherein ar con­tained many currents and other musical things. Musica mentis medicina maestae. At Abirdeen. Notted and collected by Robert Gordon. In the yeere of our Lord 1627, in Februarie' . . . Colophon. ' Finis huic libro im-positus. Anno D. 1629. Ad finem Decern 6. In Stra—Loth.' A small oblong 8vo volume containing the original of a number of Scottish melodies, a few of which are known. The MS. was sold by auction in March, 1842, to an unknown buyer, still undiscovered. Extracts from the MS. were made by G. F. Graham, who presented them in 1847 to the Advocates' Library.
Skene MS. c. 1615-30. A small volume in the Advocates' Library con­taining 114 tunes, some of which are repetitions. A translation in modern notation of a portion of the MS. is in Dauney's Ancient Scotish Melodies, 1838.
Airs and Sonnets, in Trinity College Library, Dublin, marked F. 5. 13, is part of the Imperfect fifth volume of Woods MSS. of Psalms and Canticles wilh music, written in 1569, pp. 112. From p. 34 and onwards some one of later date has written verses and airs of a number of Secular Songs, ' which are all notted heir with the Tennor or common pairt they ar sung with.'
Dalhousie MS., of about the beginning of the seventeenth century, is in the Panmure Library. Contains about 160 airs.
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book [c. 1650], edited by J. A. Fuller Maitland and W. Barclay Squire. London, 1894. Folio. A MS. of English music in the Fitzwilliam collection, Cambridge.
Guthrie MS. c. 1670. In the University Library, Edinburgh. Contains about forty tunes in tablature which have not yet been deciphered. The manuscript was discovered by David Laing in a bound volume of sermons by James Guthrie, a Covenanting minister, who was executed in 1661 for writing a pamphlet and disowning the king's authority. Most of the titles of the tunes are Scottish.
B'.aikie MS. 1692. In tablature for the Viol da Gamba, containing up­wards, of one hundred and ten tunes. This and another MS. of 1683 with nearly the same music have disappeared, but a copy of a portion of the 1683 MS. is in the Dundee Public" Library.
Leyden MS. c. 1692. Contains about eighty tunes in tablature for the Lyra Viol and a few in modern musical notation. The present owner of the MS. is not known, but a copy is in the Advocates' Library.
Atkinson MS., 1694-5, is a small volume in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It bears the name ' Henry Atkinson his book 169J,' with a note by W. A. Chappell to the effect that Atkinson was a native of Northumberland and lived in the neighbourhood of Hartburn. It contains English and numerous Scottish tunes.