A Collection of Marches & Quicksteps, Strathspeys & Reels
by Thomas Calvert

Tunes list

  • God save the King. (p. 1)
  • O'er the Moor for a' that. (p. 1)
  • The Berwickshire Yeomanry's March. (p. 2)
  • The Lasses of the West. (p. 2)
  • The Lasses of Fisheraw. (p. 2)
  • The Kelso Volunteers Quick Step. (p. 3)
  • The Kelso Volunteers March. (p. 3)
  • The Quick Step (p. 4)
  • Trip to Kelso. (p. 4)
  • The Roxburghshire Cavalry Yeomanrys March (p. 4)
  • The Lady's Delight. (p. 5)
  • Miss Susanna Rentons Reel. (p. 5)
  • Mrs Garden of Troups. Strathspey. (p. 6)
  • Roxburgh Castle. (p. 6)
  • The Lasses of the Border. (p. 6)
  • Musical Society's March. (p. 6)
  • Boyne Water. (p. 7)
  • Babby's Fancy. (p. 7)
  • Miss Heron of Heron's Reel. (p. 7)
  • Mrs Keir of Millbank's Reel. (p. 8)
  • Mrs Rutherford of Egerston. (p. 8)
  • Mrs Keir of Millbank's Strathspey. (p. 8)
  • Mr Hogert's Hornpipe. (p. 9)
  • Second to the White Cockade. (p. 9)
  • The Hernite. (p. 9)
  • Hume Castle. (p. 9)
  • The Charlote Cottilion. (p. 10)
  • Mrs Leis Hornpipe. (p. 10)
  • Banks of Alan. (p. 10)
  • Sir Hendry's Strathspey. (p. 11)
  • Lord Nelson. (p. 11)
  • Tivot Bridge. (p. 11)
  • The Poor Soldier. (p. 12)
  • Galshils Gray. (p. 12)
  • Cornhill Dance. (p. 12)
  • Ebdens Quick Step. (p. 12)
  • Cubie March. (p. 13)
  • Quick Step. (p. 13)
  • Berwick Assembly. (p. 13)
  • The Loyal Farmer. (p. 14)
  • A Favourite German Air. (p. 14)
  • The three Captains. (p. 14)
  • The Scotch Militia. (p. 15)
  • Dainty Davie. (p. 15)
  • Off Shew Goyes. (p. 15)
  • Lord Cornwallis, or Rodneys March. (p. 16)
  • The Theater. (p. 16)
  • The Fall of Paris. (p. 17)
  • Newcastle Volunteers Quick Step. (p. 18)
  • Street March. (p. 18)
  • The Graces. (p. 18)
  • Shake yourselfe. Irish. (p. 19)
  • Kelso Bowlingreen. (p. 19)
  • Soldier's Frolick. (p. 19)
  • The Downshire, Camperdown, Quick Step. (p. 20)
  • The Farmers of the Border. (p. 20)
  • Mr Marshall's Grand Minuet. (p. 21)
  • A Second to the Royal Quick Step. (p. 21)
  • The Essex Band. (p. 22)
  • The Fishers Rant or the Lasses of Ancrum. (p. 22)
  • The tide come in. (p. 22)
  • Copy details


    Kelso, Thomas Calvert


    Printed for the author


    To be had at N Stewart, 37 South Bridge St, Edinburgh And at Thomas Calvert Musician Kelso Where may be had a Variety of Music and Instruments, Instruments lent out Tun'd and Repaired. Price 5/






    A K Bell Library, Perth (GB-P)




    The book contains a mix of marches, tunes of local interest, country dances and cottilions, in a variety of settings, including several clearly for piano with violin accompaniment, with 3 parts simply marked '1st', '2d' and 'Bass'. BUCEM dates this as c.1790, whilst SBTI suggests 1793-1802. Kidson noted inside the GB-Gm copy that the endpaper is watermarked 1791, and Glen noted that N. Stewart's address was 37 South Bridge Street from 1792-1802. However, the Battle of Camperdown was in October 1797, and so the naming of 'The Downshire Camperdown Quick Step' would suggest a date closer to 1799, as pencilled on the GB-P copy.


    Opening note on p.1: 'To the Performer; on the Violoncello; - Where the Basses is set double, you may take the upper or lower Octave; but the lower is the best, as you cannot Easily, take them both at all times. To the Performer; on the Violin; or German Flute, - Where the Notes are Chorded, you will observe to play the uppermost Notes. To the Performer on the Harpsicord or Piano Forte; - you may add Double Notes fifths & sixths at your own pleasure, and where the Basses are set single, you may add an Octave above, or below, for filling up the Instrument.' There follows a diatonic fingering chart for violin, and then the first piece 'God Save the King'. A slightly altered 'Ash Grove' appears as 'A Favourite German Air'. The basses are in several styles: repeated octaves, Alberti basses, and simple repetitive lines.

    Copy notes

    Dated 1799 in pencil. Some water damage to copy.


    22 p




    36 x 26





    Biographical info

    Calvert, a Kelso musician who also loaned instruments, was active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

    Other locations

    GB-A Hend inst Cal c
    GB-Lbl g.1780.nn.(18.)
    GB-Gm M8710 / 786.45 (small parts of a few page corners missing)
    GB-En Glen 316