First Book of Niel Gow's Reels, 2d edition
by Niel Gow

Tunes list

  • The Dutches of Athole's Strathspey Composed by Niel Gow (p. 1)
  • Farewell to Whisky Composed for this 2d. Edition by Niel Gow (p. 1)
  • Gillie Callum da pheithein Strathspey with Variations (p. 2)
  • Earl of Loudoun's Strathspey By John Bowie (p. 3)
  • Niel Gow's Lamentation for Jas. Moray Esqr. of Abercarney. by Niel Gow (p. 3)
  • Mr Graham of Orchill's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 3)
  • The Flaggon a Reel (p. 4)
  • The Lees of Luncartie. (p. 4)
  • Sir John Shaw Stewart's Strathspey (p. 4)
  • Mrs Moray of Abercarney's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 5)
  • Mrs Moray of Abercarney's Reel by Nath Gow. (p. 5)
  • Major Graham of Inchbrakie a Strathspey. by Niel Gow (p. 5)
  • Mrs Menzies of Culdare's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 6)
  • Lady Charlotte Murray's (now Drummond). Jig by Niel Gow (p. 6)
  • Miss Robertson of Tullybelton's Strathspey. by Nath. Gow. (p. 6)
  • The Earl of Hadinton's Strathspey. a very Old Tune. (p. 7)
  • Mrs Baird of New-Byth's Strathspey. by Niel Gow. (p. 7)
  • The Caledonian Hunt a Strathspey by Sir Alexr. Don. (p. 7)
  • Miss Stewart of Grandtully's Strathspey by Niel Gow. (p. 8)
  • Miss Stewart's Reel by Niel Gow. (p. 8)
  • Sir James Baird's Favorite a Strathspey. (p. 8)
  • The Fife Hunt a Reel by Wllm. Gow. (p. 9)
  • The Ewe wi' the Crookit Horn. a Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • The Drunken Wives of Fochabers a Strathspey. (p. 9)
  • Sir Alexr. Don's Strathspey From the Opera of Rosina. (p. 10)
  • The Countess of Eglinton's Strathspey. (p. 10)
  • Sir John Whitefoord's Strathspey. by Nath Gow. (p. 10)
  • Couties Wedding. a Strathspey. (p. 11)
  • Lady Helonora Hume's (now Dundas) Reel (p. 11)
  • Link him Dodie. a Strathspey (p. 11)
  • Mrs Wright of Laton's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 12)
  • Duncan Davidson with Variations. (p. 12)
  • Watie Laing. or The lifting of the Linnen. a Reel. (p. 12)
  • Colonel Montgomery's Strathspey. (p. 14)
  • The Fir Tree. a Strathspey (p. 14)
  • Earl of Eglinton's Strathspey by Nath. Gow. (p. 14)
  • Miss Margaret Graham of Inchbrakie's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 15)
  • Mr Menzies of Culdare's Reel. by Niel Gow. (p. 15)
  • Marquis of Tullibardine's Jig by Niel Gow (p. 15)
  • He na Boddachin a Galic Air. (p. 16)
  • Tulloch Gorum. a Strathspey (p. 16)
  • The Duke of Gordon's Strathspey by Niel Gow. (p. 16)
  • Ball na grandach or Miss Lucia Campbell's Strathspey. (p. 17)
  • Lady Catherine Stewart's Strathspey. (p. 17)
  • The Walking of the Plaiding. (p. 18)
  • Dunkeld House a Jig by Niel Gow. (p. 18)
  • Honble. George Baillie's Strathspey by Niel Gow. (p. 18)
  • The Millers Daughter. The Original Sett. (p. 19)
  • Nithian a Ghreith The Suttor's Daughter a very Old Tune (p. 19)
  • Young Simon Brodie a Strathspey. (p. 20)
  • The Dutches of Buccleugh's Strathspey. by Niel Gow. (p. 20)
  • Andrew and his Cuttie Gun. a Strathspey. (p. 20)
  • Dunkeld Harmitage. a Reel. by Niel Gow. (p. 21)
  • Lord Ballenden's Strathspey. by Geo. Jenkins. (p. 21)
  • The Dutchess of Gordon's Strathspey (p. 21)
  • Mr Sharpe of Hoddom's Delight. by Mr Sharpe. (p. 22)
  • The Marquis of Lorn's Strathspey. (p. 22)
  • Mr Moray of Abercarney's Strathspey. by Niel Gow. (p. 23)
  • Kilecrankie, or Had ye been whar I hae been, ye wadna be sae canty. (p. 23)
  • General Wemyss of Wemyss's Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 24)
  • The Bridge of Balater. or Mr Fletcher's Delight. a Strathspey by Niel Gow (p. 24)
  • Yell Yell. a Strathspey. (p. 24)
  • The Dutchess of Hamilton's Strathspey by Jo. Bowie (p. 24)
  • Miss Johnston of Hillton's (The late Mrs Oswald of Auchencruive) Reel. by Niel Gow (p. 26)
  • Kelravock's Strathspey. a very Old Tune. (p. 26)
  • The Fyket Strathspey (p. 26)
  • The Honble. Mrs Fraser of Lovat's Strathspey (p. 27)
  • Lord Duncan's Flag a Strathspey by Nath Gow. (p. 27)
  • Peace a Strathspey by the late Lord Balanden (p. 27)
  • The Landlady of Inver Inn Composed for this 2d. Edition by Niel Gow. (p. 27)
  • This is no my ain House a Strathspey. (p. 28)
  • Mr Robertson of Ludes Strathspey (p. 28)
  • Duke of Argyle's Strathspey. a very Old Tune. (p. 28)
  • Tail Toddle. by the late Mr Nisbet of Dirleton. (p. 29)
  • Flee over the Water. (p. 30)
  • Stumpie Strathspey a very Old Tune. (p. 30)
  • The Ready Penny. a Strathspey. Composed for this 2d. Edition by Niel Gow. (p. 31)
  • Mrs Carmichael of Castle Craigs Favorite. Composed for this 2d. Edition by John Gow (p. 31)
  • Orchill House. a Strathspey. Composed for this 2d. Edition. by Nath Gow. (p. 31)
  • The Countess of Sutherland's Reel by Geo. Jenkins. (p. 32)
  • Mrs Fleming of Moness a Strathspey. (p. 32)
  • Sir John Stewart pf Granttully's Strathspey. (p. 32)
  • Air Race's. Composed for this 2d. Edition. by John Gow. (p. 33)
  • Kelso Race's (p. 33)
  • The Honble. Miss Drummond of Perth's Reel by Niel Gow. (p. 33)
  • The Duke of Atholes Delight a Strathspey with Variations (p. 34)
  • An Original Scots Hornpipe. very old. (p. 35)
  • Paddy o Rafferty. Irish. (p. 36)
  • Robie donna gorach. Daft Robin. An Old Highland Song (p. 36)
  • Copy details


    Edinburgh, Gow & Son's [sic]


    Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd at their Music Shop, No.16 Princes Street; John Gow, No.31 Carnaby Street, Golden Square, London


    Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd at their Music Shop, No.16 Princes Street; John Gow, No.31 Carnaby Street, Golden Square, London


    2d edition with considerable additions and valuable alterations




    Glasgow University Library (GB-Gu)




    The title of the first edition is A Collection of Strathspey Reels.


    The basslines in this second edition are more active, and display a wider variety of styles - a comparison of 'Lamentation for [James Moray of] Abercarney' shows a huge change in musical character from the text of the first edition, in both tune and bass. Many of the alterations seem to have been made in order to make the music more suited to the piano: scordatura notation has been replaced, and the harmonic language made more functional and directional.

    Copy notes

    Copy is yellowed with some spotting, and the type used for the tune titles was somewhat worn. The copy is signed 'Capt Simpson' on p.36 - he also signed the titlepage of Complete Repository Part 1 in same bound vol., and the 2nd edition of Gow's book 2 bound in Ca11-y.31.


    36 p




    33 x 24.5





    Biographical info

    Niel Gow (1727-1807), father of the famous Gow family, lived in Inver near Dunkeld. (Glen 2, viii-xiv; Grove; Alburger; Murdoch, 41-48) Gow's fourth son Nathaniel (1763-1831), violinist and Edinburgh publisher, was perhaps the most famous of the siblings; but his brothers William, John and Andrew also traded in music (John and Andrew in London). Nathaniel's son, Niel Junr., lived 1795-1823.

    Other locations

    GB-A SB f 7864 Gow fi (2 copies)
    GB-Bu M1746
    GB-Eu Scott Stud Lib
    GB-Lbl h.830.g.(1.)
    GB-NTu RB781.50857941 GOW

    '3rd edition, with considerable additions and valuable alterations' (Edinburgh: Purdie [1820-1837]):
    GB-Ducl 10479
    GB-Lbl h.830.a.(1.)
    GB-Gu Q.c.9
    GB-En Mus.41(1)