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Hume MS. 1704. In the Advocates' Library.
Laing MS. 1706.
Croekatt MS. 1709. Belonged to William Stenhouse (who annotated the Scots Musical Museum), and after his death became the property of C. Kirk-patrick Sharpe, of Hoddam. It has since disappeared, and there is no known copy of it. Stenhouse often quotes it in his Illustrations.
Sinkler's MS. 1710. Bears the docket' Margaret Sinlder aught this music book written by Andrew Adam at Glasgow October the 31 day 1710.' It is the property of Mr. John Glen, of Edinburgh, and contains over one hundred tunes partly noted on a six-line stave.
"Waterston MS. c. 1715.
McFarlan MSS. 1740. Three volumes with the title 'A Collection of Scotch airs with the latest variations written for the use of Walter McFarlan of that Ilk by David Young W. M. in Edinburgh. 1740.' The second and third volumes belong to the Society of Antiquaries, Edinburgh. The first has been lost.
Before the printing of music in Scotland the originals of many Scottish airs are found in English publications, such as Playford's English Dancing Master, 1651 (in the reprint of 1652 the title was altered to the Dancing Master, &c, and so remained to the last edition, c. 1628); in folio's Banquet, 1663, in many editions; the fifth in 1687; Mustek's Delight, 1666; and Musiek's Recreation, 1652.
'A Collection of Original Scotch Tunes (full of the Highland Humours) for the violin : being the first of this kind yet printed : most of them being in the Compass of the flute: London: printed by William Pearson ... for Henry Playford. . . . Fleet Street, 1700.' Sm. ob. 4to. pp. 16. Tunes 39. A second edition in 1701.
Musiek for Allan Ramsay's Collection of Scots Songs. Set by Alexander Stuart and engraved by R. Cooper. Vol. i. Edinburgh: printed and sold by Allan Ramsay, n. d. [c. 1726]. Sm. ob. pp. 156. Contains the music of seventy-one songs selected from the Tea- Table Miscellany. Only one vol. published.
' A Collection of the Choicest Scots Tunes, adapted for the harpsichord or spinnet, and within the compass of the voice, violin, or German flute. By Adam Craig. Edinburgh, 1730.' Ob. folio, pp.45.
A Curious Collection of Scots Tunes for a violin, bass viol, or German flute, with a thorough bass for the harpsichord. ... By James Oswald, musician in Edinburgh, n. d. [1740]. Ob. folio, pp. 42.
A Collection of Curious Scots Tunes for a violin, German flute, or harpsichord. By Mr. James Oswald. London : printed by John SImpson . . . n. d. [1742]. Folio, pp.46. A ' Second Collection,'pp. 47, same year.
A Collection of Seots Tiines, some with variations for a violin, by William McGibbon [Book i.]. Edinburgh: printed by Richard Cooper, n. d. [1742]. Ob. folio. Book ii. in 1746 ; Book I'll. in 1755, both undated, pp. 36 each.
The Caledonian Pocket Companion, containing fifty of the most favourite Scotch Tunes, several of them with variations, all set for the German flute by Mr. Oswald. London : printed for J. SImpson in Sweetings Alley, n. d. [1743]. Roy. 8vo. pp. 36: The complete work with variations in the title-pages consists of twelve books or ' volumes,' all undated, averaging about thirty pages each. The approximate dates of issue are as follows : Vol. ii. 1745 >