A Second Collection of Strathspey Reels
by Malcolm Macdonald

Tunes list

  • Earl of Bradalban's Birth Day. Strathspey. (p. 1)
  • Mr Hamilton of Wishaw's Reel. (p. 1)
  • Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth. Strathspey. (p. 1)
  • Lady Charlotte Murrays Reel. (p. 2)
  • Mrs Robertson of Lawers. Strathspey. (p. 2)
  • Mrs Tulloh's Jig. (p. 2)
  • Miss Haldan Gleneagles. Strathspey. (p. 3)
  • Miss Cochran mercer Reel. (p. 3)
  • The Recovery. Strathspey. (p. 3)
  • Lady Ann Maitland's Reel. (p. 4)
  • Earl of Elgen's. Strathspey. (p. 4)
  • Lady Amelia Murray's Reel. (p. 4)
  • Callam's Frollock. (p. 5)
  • Miss Clementina Stewart's Reel. (p. 5)
  • If I had a boney lass little sleep wou'd sair me. (p. 5)
  • Colonel McDonald of Lochgarie's. Strathspey. (p. 5)
  • Wha can help it. (p. 6)
  • Miss Graham of Orchill's Reel. (p. 6)
  • Miss Murray of Abercarney's Reel. (p. 7)
  • Mrs Landle's Delight. (p. 7)
  • Lady Augustus Murray of Auchtertyre Strathspey. (p. 7)
  • Capt. Campbell of Carphen's. Strathspey. (p. 8)
  • Mr Campbell of Kinloch. Strathspey. (p. 8)
  • Mr Graham of Orchill's. Strathspey. (p. 8)
  • Coll. Mercer of Aldie's Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • Miss Ferguson of Raith's. Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • Mrs Murray of Abercarny. Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • Hon.ble Capt. Maitland's Strathspey. (p. 10)
  • Mrs Duncan's Reel. (p. 10)
  • Greenend Park Strathspey (p. 10)
  • Lawers House. (p. 11)
  • The Marquess of Tweeddale's. Strathspey. (p. 11)
  • Mrs Hamilton of Wishaw's. Strathspey. (p. 11)
  • Mrs Muir McKenzies Fancie. By Mr Sharp of Hoddom. (p. 12)
  • Mrs Dr Stewart's Reel. (p. 12)
  • Miss Elders. Strathspey. (p. 12)
  • Lord Rob.t Murray's. Strathspey. (p. 13)
  • Lady Susan Stewart's. Strathspey. (p. 13)
  • Miss Graham's Delight. (p. 13)
  • Copy details


    Edinburgh, for Malcolm Macdonald


    Edinburgh, Corri & Sutherland, R. Bremner, R. Ross and all the Music Sellers in Town and Country. Price 2/6 [corrected edition is 3/]






    A K Bell Library, Perth (GB-P)




    The collection contains mostly strathspeys and reels, and a few jigs. Macdonald was cellist to Niel Gow, and the book includes tunes by both Niel and Nathaniel. It also has a subscribers list. Price 2/6 [corrected edition is 3/]


    Whilst there are occasional double-stops in the tunes, the basslines are always simple, almost as austere as McGlashan's.

    Copy notes

    Handwritten note indicates 1st, uncorrected, edition.


    13 p




    34 x 24





    Biographical info

    Malcolm Macdonald was born in Dunkeld (c.1750), and was active c.1785-1800. He was sometime cellist to Niel Gow. (Alburger, 117; Glen 1, xii)

    Other locations

    GB-DUcl 7073 (original edition)
    GB-En Glen 293 (1) (original edition?)
    GB-Lbl G.229.a.(2) (original edition?)
    GB-Lcs R.180 (microfilm copy of GB-Lbl G.229.a(2))
    GB-Gm M8849 / 786.45 ('Corrected by NIEL GOW at Dunkeld.' dated 1791? in GB-Gm catalogue)
    GB-P Bf31 ('Corrected by NIEL GOW at Dunkeld.')