Edinburgh, Neil Stewart
Printed for Neil Stewart
Printed for Neil Stewart and sold at his music shop in Parliament Square. Price 2/6.
A K Bell Library, Perth (GB-P)
Marshall's first collection. He followed this 12 page volume with another bearing the same titlepage, of just 4 pages, dated as 1793 according to the HMT edition of 2007. GB-En Glen 386 has both bound together; so too does GB-A Hend inst Cum c; these are rare examples of the later 4-page edition.
Very simple basslines. 'The Illumination 9th. Febry. 1781' commemorates the bonfires in Edinburgh to celebrate the acquittal from charges of treason of the Duke of Gordon's brother, Lord George Gordon. In Marshall's Scottish Airs it is renamed 'The Fochaber's Rant'. The basslines in the later, 4-page edition are simple, but make considerably more use of dyads and chords than in the first volume.
Handwritten contents page at front of book.
23.5 x 33.5
Marshall (1748-1833) was a fiddler and composer, born in Fochabers, employed as house steward to the Duke of Gordon. (Glen 2, v-vii; Alburger; Bulloch; Cowie)
GB-A Hend inst Cum c (12+4 p, bound with Cumming, A collection of strathspey or old Highland reels)
GB-DUcl Wighton 31961
GB-En Glen 386 (not listed online; 12+4 p.)