Music book of George Bowie, consisting of 50 fiddle tunes, some with bass (reversed). Edit


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Level of Description


  • [Circa 1705.] (Creation)


  • 85 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The tunes are chiefly Scottish, but include (folio 21) the song 'Though you make no return to my passion', by Henry Purcell, from the incidental music, 1693, to the play "The maid's last prayer" by Thomas Southerne.

    Seven of the tunes, 'Wappat the widow' (folios 1 verso and 10 verso), 'Love is the cause of my mourning' (folio 6 verso), 'Allan Water' (folio 9 verso), "Hallowe'en" (folio 17), "The Laird of Cockpen's Scotch measure" (folio 17 verso), 'Old lang syne' (folio 31 verso), and 'I love my love in secret' (folio 33 verso) were published for the first time by Henry Playford in ‘A collection of original Scotch tunes’, but the settings in this manuscript are different and on the whole more elaborate.

    Several have the initials J M or J McL, possibly the 'McClauklaine' whose 'Scotch Measure' was published in ‘A collection of original Scotch tunes’, page 1.

  • Bibliography

    ‘A collection of original Scotch tunes’ (1700).

  • Arrangement

    ii + 83 folios (many blank).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1972, by Francis Collinson.