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Extracts, 1839, from the lute book, 1627-1629, of Robert Gordon of Straloch, transcribed in tablature by George Farquhar Graham.

Identifier: Adv.MS.5.2.18

Scope and Contents

The manuscript consists of 30 pieces for lute, some dances, some song tunes, mostly Scottish, but including William Basse`s

`Hunter`s Career` (folios 18 verso-19). It includes an introduction giving a history of the original manuscript, some explanation of lute

tablature, and a list of the original contents.

Robert Gordon`s original manuscript is now lost.


  • Creation: 1839.


0.00 Linear metres (ii + 30 ff. Oblong quarto.)

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Custodial History

Presented to the Advocates` Library in 1847 by George Farquhar Graham.

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:



Related Materials

MS.349: Straloch manuscript.


The manuscript is described in Nelly Diem, ‘Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schottischen Musik im XVII Jahrhundert’ (Zürich and Leipzig, 1919), pages 18-21. Many of the tunes are noticed in Claude M Simpson, ‘The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music’ (Rutgers University Press, 1966).
Robert Gordon`s original manuscript is described in ‘The Gentleman`s Magazine’, Volume 93, part 1, page 122. It was lot 1642 in George Chalmers’ sale catalogue, part 3 (London, 1842), where it is briefly described.
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