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Agnes Hume`s music book.

Identifier: Adv.MS.5.2.17

Scope and Contents

The music book contans 15 pieces possibly for guitar, four common psalm tunes, and eight songs, with the later addition of some Scots tunes for violin.

The guitar tunes (folios 1-4 verso) are written on a six line stave.

The songs (folios 14 verso-17 verso, 8-9 - the correct arrangement) include:

‘There is a lady sweet and kind’ by Thomas Ford (folio 15 verso);

‘Gather your Rosebuds’, a setting of Robert Herrick`s poem (folio 16);

`I wish thou wouldst no more love me`, by (?Daniel) Warner (folio 16 verso);

`How cool and temperate I am grown`, by Henry Lawes (folio 17); and,

`Come love let`s walk`, anonymous.


  • Creation: Circa 1704.


0.00 Linear metres (ii + 22 folios. Oblong octavo.)

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Custodial History

Agnes Hume`s name and the date appear on folio 9 verso.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilms available:




Four of the guitar tunes, ‘Lillye Burlerro`, `Jockies gaine to the wood`, `She gote money by it` and `The King`s dellight` are discussed in Claude M Simpson, ‘The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music’ (Rutgers University Press, 1966).
‘There is a lady sweet and kind’ by Thomas Ford (folio 15 verso) is from Ford`s ‘Airs to the Lute’ (1607).
The setting of Robert Herrick`s poem `Gather your Rosebuds` (folio 16) is attributed to W[?illiam] L[?awes] (see also Adv.MS.5.2.19, folio 48 verso) in John Playford ‘A Brief Introduction to the Skill of Musick’ (1664) page 53.
`I wish thou wouldst no more love me`, by (?Daniel) Warner, (folio 16 verso) and `How cool and temperate I am grown`, by Henry Lawes, (folio 17) are both included in ‘The Treasury of Music’ by Henry Lawes and others (1669).
`Come love let`s walk` (folios 17 verso, 8) is from John Forbes, ‘Cantus’ (1662). It was re-published in ‘Musica Britannica XV’, page 182.
The songs are discussed in detail in Nelly Diem, ‘Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schottischen Musik im XVII Jahrhundert’ (Zürich and Leipzig, 1919), pages 31-33, 117-128.
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