Songbook containing the words of 150 popular Scottish, Irish, French and Dutch ballads. Edit




  • 18th century. (Creation)


  • 209 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1959, by Colonel C H Wilkinson, Order of the British Empire, Oxford.

  • Arrangement

    209 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    There is an index on folio 1; the songs begin on folio 5.

    The Scottish songs appear to come mainly from Allan Ramsay's ‘Tea table miscellany’ and David Herd's ‘Ancient and modern Scottish songs’ (1776), though some of the songs may have been picked up by ear, as they include a very debased version of Henry Carey's 'Sally in our alley' (folio 17 verso) and "My heart's in the Highlands" in an apparently unknown version different from that of Burns (folio 81 verso).

    Written in a different hand at the end of the volume (folio 197), is the log of a voyage from London to Madeira by the mate of the ship 'Nancy', 1800, with a rough drawing of a ship (folio 196 verso).

  • Custodial History

    On the back board is the name Adam Murray, 1796, minister of Eccles; the name Alexander Dickson, Nenthorn, occurs on folio 208 verso and there is a sketch of a coat of arms on folio 209 verso unidentified but possibly of a branch of the Spottiswoode family.

  • Bibliography

    Herd, David. 'Ancient and modern Scottish songs' (Edinburgh 1776). Ramsay, Allan. 'Tea table miscellany' (Edinburgh, 1723).