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Music book containing Scottish dance tunes (very largely reels and strathspeys) for violin.

Identifier: MS.22169

Scope and Contents

The music book is gold-stamped 'violin' on the front cover.

Many of the tunes appear to be of late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century provenance. The volume appears to have been compiled in the mid nineteenth century (cf., for example, folios 41, 47).

The leaves of the volume exhibit much handling, but the identity of the compiler is unknown. The volume is thought to have had a possible Perthshire provenance.


  • Creation: Late 18th century-early 19th century.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


49 Leaves ; 307 x 240 millimetres.

Language of Materials



i + 48 folios.

Custodial History

The music book was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Murdoch Henderson Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1990.

Existence and Location of Copies

A microfilm copy of the volume is kept in the library of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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