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The Caledonian Muse
by Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson


Tunes list


  • Cold and raw. In the Beggars Opera. (p. 1)
  • Corn Riggs. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 1)
  • There's nae luck about the House. (p. 2)
  • Reel. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 2)
  • Oswald's Scots Measure. (p. 3)
  • The Lass wi' the golden hair. (p. 3)
  • Maggie Lawder. In the Highland Reel. (p. 4)
  • Earl Douglas's Lamentation. In Mackbeth. (p. 5)
  • A Highland Reel. (p. 5)
  • Miss Mary Douglas's Reel. (p. 6)
  • I'll gae nae mair to your Town. (p. 6)
  • Cam'ron has got his Wife again. (p. 7)
  • Go to the Ew Bughts Marion. (p. 7)
  • The Parks of Kilburnie (p. 8)
  • The Marqs. Tillibardine's Gigg. (p. 8)
  • Earl of Loudon's Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • Miss Ramsey's Reel. (p. 9)
  • Bheir mi soraidh. Highland Air. (p. 10)
  • The Gaberlunzie Mon. By K. James V. (p. 10)
  • Low lies the mist on Mallavurich. Highland Air. (p. 11)
  • Rithil-uil agus. Skye Air. (p. 11)
  • Miss Blair's Reel. (p. 12)
  • Mrs Menzie's Strathspey. (p. 12)
  • Polworth Green. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 13)
  • Struagh nach'eil bodaich. Highland Air. (p. 13)
  • A Highland Reel (p. 14)
  • Peggy is a young thing. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 14)
  • A Skye Dance. (p. 15)
  • Roslin Castle. In the Highland Reel. (p. 15)
  • The Bonny Broom. In the Beggars Opera. (p. 16)
  • The Seal-Fisher's Song. A Highland Air. (p. 16)
  • Och is Och mar ata mi. A Highland Air. (p. 17)
  • Dunbarton's Drums. (p. 17)
  • Lass if I come near you. (p. 18)
  • O dear Mither. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 18)
  • Capt. Macintosh's Favourite. (p. 19)
  • A Highland Reel. (p. 19)
  • Lochaber. (p. 20)
  • Capt. Ross's Reel. (p. 20)
  • The Flower of Edenburgh. (p. 21)
  • Muirland Willie. (p. 21)
  • The Flowers of the Forest. (p. 22)
  • I made love to Kate. (p. 23)
  • Sir Norman Mc. Leod's Lament. A Skye Air. (p. 23)
  • Latha suibhail. A Highland Air. (p. 24)
  • Hopetoun House. (p. 24)
  • The Braes of Balandin. In Mackbeth. (p. 25)
  • Ghoid iad mo bhean. A Highland Air. (p. 25)
  • The Highlandman kiss'd his Mother (p. 26)
  • The bonny Lass of Fannhiven. (p. 26)
  • The Ploughman. (p. 26)
  • Miss M. Skinner's Reel. (p. 27)
  • Auld Rob Morris. (p. 27)
  • The Fyket. (p. 28)
  • Let's to the Ard. (p. 28)
  • Noch gur faoin. A Highland Air. (p. 29)
  • The Scots Bonnet. (p. 29)
  • He hirpled till her. (p. 30)
  • Sir J. Stewart's Strathspey. (p. 30)
  • Lady H. Hope's Reel. (p. 31)
  • The Song of Death. A Skye Air. (p. 31)
  • Tulloch Gorm. (p. 32)
  • Mrs Ross's Reel. (p. 32)
  • Miss Farquharson's Reel. (p. 33)
  • Open the door to thrae. (p. 33)
  • Miss Lucy Campbell's Delight. In the Highland Reel. (p. 34)
  • Hooly and fairly. In the Duenna. (p. 35)
  • Kath'rine Oggie. (p. 35)
  • The rantan roaran Highlandman. (p. 36)
  • The waefu' Heart. (p. 36)
  • Had awa' Donald. (p. 37)
  • Over the Water to Charlie. (p. 37)
  • Thou art gone awa' Mary. (p. 38)
  • Blink o'er the Burn, sweet Betty. (p. 38)
  • Ha'd the Lass till I win at her. (p. 39)
  • I ha'e laid a herring in sa't. In Two to One. (p. 39)
  • The ranting Highlandman. In the Highland Reel. (p. 40)
  • Because he was a bonny Lad. (p. 40)
  • Come sweet Lass. In the Beggars Opera. (p. 41)
  • De'il take the War. In the Duenna. (p. 41)
  • Thro' the Wood Laddie. (p. 42)
  • A St. Kilda Song and Dance. (p. 43)
  • The silken-snooded Lassie. (p. 43)
  • The Bush aboot Traquar. In the Duenna. (p. 44)
  • Johnny Cock up thy Beaver. (p. 44)
  • Tweed Side. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 45)
  • Miss Murray's Reel. (p. 45)
  • Peggie I mun lo'e thee. (p. 46)
  • Whistle o'er the leave o't. (p. 46)
  • Highland Air. (p. 47)
  • The Lass of Peattie's Mill. (p. 47)
  • Daft Robin. Highland Air. (p. 48)
  • Mary Scot. (p. 48)
  • Willie was a wanton Wag. (p. 49)
  • Soft May Morn. Highland Air. (p. 49)
  • The Fir Trea. (p. 50)
  • Rothemurches Rant - Strathspey (p. 50)
  • Posodh Peathar. (p. 51)
  • I conna' buckle to. (p. 52)
  • I have a wife of my Ain (p. 52)
  • Miss Katie Hall's Reel. (p. 53)
  • Highland Air. (p. 53)
  • The yellow-hair'd Laddie. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 54)
  • Fye let us aw' to the Bridal. (p. 54)
  • Hey my Nanny. (p. 54)
  • O bonny Lass. (p. 55)
  • Sr. Alex. McDonald's Reel (p. 55)
  • A St. Kilda Song and Dance. (p. 56)
  • Sr. J. Whitefoord's Strathspey. (p. 56)
  • William and Margaret. (p. 57)
  • The Ruffian's Rant. Strathspey. (p. 57)
  • O'er the Hills and far away. In the Beggar's Opera. (p. 58)
  • Woo'd and married and a'. (p. 58)
  • The Sow's tail. (p. 59)
  • Marierat Nion Donail. Highland Air. (p. 59)
  • Peggie's Wedding. (p. 60)
  • Hey to Couper. (p. 60)
  • Bessie Bell. In the Beggar's Opera. (p. 61)
  • The Cadgers of Cannongate. (p. 61)
  • And this is nae mine ain House. (p. 62)
  • Scornfu' Nancie. In the Gentle Shepherd. (p. 62)
  • Lady M. Menzie's Reel. (p. 63)
  • The Lassie wi the yellow Coatie (p. 63)
  • Watson's Scots Measure. (p. 64)
  • Up and war 'em a' Willie (p. 64)
  • The Caledonian Hunt a Strathspey by Sir Alexr. Don. (p. 65)
  • Jockey and Peggie. (p. 65)
  • Auld Robin Gray. (p. 66)
  • The last time I came o'er the Moor. (p. 66)
  • Highland Air. (p. 67)
  • The Berks of Endermay. In the Duenna. (p. 67)
  • The bonniest Lass in a' the World. by D. Rizzio. (p. 68)
  • A St. Kilda Girl's Lament. (p. 68)
  • Duncan Davidson (p. 69)
  • Love is the cause of my Mourning. (p. 69)
  • The Soger Laddie. (p. 70)
  • Leslie's March. (p. 70)
  • A phiurag ghaolach. Highland air. (p. 71)
  • The Braes of Yarrow. (p. 71)
  • My fair young Love. A Jorram. (p. 72)
  • Saw ye my Father. (p. 72)
  • Copy details


    Publisher

    London

    Edition

    [1st]

    Date

    1790

    Library

    A K Bell Library, Perth (GB-P)

    Shelfmark

    Bd48

    Description

    The collection appears to have been compiled from a number of different sources, McGibbon and Bremner in particular. The prefatory essay, not always present in extant copies, is largely from Macdonald's Highland Vocal Airs (Ramsay of Ochtertyre's work). Some tunes are identified as songs from stage works (e.g. The Beggars Opera, The Gentle Shepherd, Highland Reel, Mackbeth), others are assigned a Highland/Island provenance, often from Macdonald, although the Gaelic is erratic.

    Notes

    Some tunes have a tempo indication. The basslines are mostly simple, some with repeated crotchets, and some more elegant and baroque. Nos. 83 (taken from Highland Vocal Airs) and 109 are St Kilda song and dance, and St Kilda is discussed in the essay.

    Copy notes

    Includes prefatory essay. (See a transcription here)

    Pages

    72 p

    Orientation

    Landscape

    Gore

    C4

    Biographical info

    Publishers Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson were active as far back as 1781, trading from 75 St Paul's Church Yard, London. An earlier Peter Thomson was trading as early as 1746. Kidson dates this volume c.1789, but published advertisements place it in 1790, when the same publishers issued The Hibernian Muse. The last trace of the firm is in the name of Henry Thompson in 1804.

    Other locations

    GB-En Glen 151(2) [essay included]
    GB-Gm M8709/786.45 [essay missing; minimal notes by Kidson. Handwritten copy of titlepage.]
    GB-Lbl a.28
    GB-Lbl a.195.(2) [Imperfect; wanting the titlepage and pp.65,66]
    GB-DUcl 92467