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Alburger, Mary Anne, Scottish Fiddlers and their Music (Edinburgh: Hardie Press, 1996)

Baptie, David, Musical Scotland past and present: being a dictionary of Scottish musicians from about 1400 to the present time, to which is added a bibliography of musical publications connected with Scotland from 1611 (Paisley: J. & R. Parlane, 1894)

Baston, Kim, ‘The eye of the ear’, in Popular Entertainment Studies Vol.1, no.2 (2010), pp.20-25

BUCEM: Schnapper, Edith B. The British Union-Catalogue of early music printed before the year 1801: a record of the holdings of over one hundred libraries throughout the British Isles, 2 vols (London: Butterworths, 1957)

Bulloch, John Malcolm, William Marshall: the Scots composer, 1748-1833 (Inverness: R. Carruthers & Sons, 1933)

Copac: [A Jisc service combining the catalogues of c.90 UK and Irish libraries, predominantly academic and national]

Cowie, Moyra, The life and times of William Marshall 1748-1833: composer of Scottish traditional fiddle music, clock maker and butler to the 4th Duke of Gordon (n.p.: M. Cowie, 1999)

Dauney, William, Ancient Scotish melodies: from a manuscript of the reign of King James VI, with an introductory enquiry illustrative of the history of the music of Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Printing and Publishing Co., 1838)

Douglas, Sheila, The Atholl Collection catalogue: 300 years of Scottish music and poetry (Perth: Perth & Kinross Libraries, 1999)

Flett, Joan, ‘The hornpipe in Scotland’, Hornpipe Conference (National Early Music Association, 1993) [link]

Glasgow Directory 1818-1821: [NLS Digital Gallery via archive.org]

Glen 1: Glen, John, The Glen collection of Scottish dance music: strathspeys, reels, and jigs, selected from the earliest printed sources, or from the composer’s works, vol. 1 (Edinburgh: John & Robert Glen, 1891)

Glen 2: Glen, John, The Glen collection of Scottish dance music: strathspeys, reels, and jigs, selected from the earliest printed sources, or from the composer’s works, vol. 2 (Edinburgh: John & Robert Glen, 1895)

Gore, Charles, Scottish Music Index

Grove Music Online

HMT: Highland Music Trust

Holman, Peter, ‘A little light on Lorenzo Bocchi: an Italian in Edinburgh and Dublin’, in Rachel Cowgill, Peter Holman (eds.), Music in the British Provinces, 1690-1914 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 61-86

Humphries, Charles, & William C. Smith, Music publishing in the British Isles from the beginning until the middle of the nineteenth century: a dictionary of engravers, printers, publishers and music sellers, with a historical introduction (Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1970)

Johnson, David, Music and society in lowland Scotland in the eighteenth century (Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 2003)

Kidson, Frank, British music publishers, printers and engravers: London, provincial, Scottish and Irish. From Queen Elizabeth’s reign to George the Fourth’s, with select bibliographical lists of musical works printed and published within that period (London: W. E. Hill & Sons, 1900) [link]

Laing, David (ed.), Illustrations of the Lyric Poetry and Music of Scotland ... Originally compiled to accompany the "Scots Musical Museum," and now published separately with additional notes and illustrations [and an introduction by D. Laing] (Edinburgh & London: W. Blackwood & Sons, 1853)

MacKillop, Rob, The 18th-Century Scottish Wire-Strung “Guittar” [link]

Macleod, Jennifer, The Edinburgh Musical Society: its Membership and Repertoire 1728-1797 (PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh, 2001)

McAulay, Karen E., Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)

Murdoch, Alexander G., The fiddle in Scotland: comprising sketches of Scotch fiddlers and fiddle makers (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1888)

NLS Digital Gallery: National Library of Scotland, Digital Gallery, Special Collections of Printed Music [link]

ODNB: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

RISM: Repertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales

SBTI: Scottish Book Trade Index

Walker, W, The bards of Bon-Accord, 1375-1860 (Aberdeen: Edmond & Spark, 1887)

Wighton Database: Bagnall, John, Temporary Wighton Database (index to the Wighton Collection at Dundee Central Library) [link]


Alburger, Mary Anne, Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music (London: Gollancz, 1983).

Chisholm, Leon, “William McGibbon and the Vernacularisation of Corelli’s Music,” Eighteenth-Century Music 15/2, 143–176, doi:10.1017/S1478570618000039. 

Corelli, Arcangelo, Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo Op. 5, ed. Christopher Hogwood, 2 vols (Basel: Bärenreiter, 2013).

Davie, James, Davie’s Caledonian Repository, series 2, volume 1 (Aberdeen, c. 1850). 

Edwards, Warwick, “The Musical Sources,” Defining Strains: The Musical Life of Scots in the Seventeenth Century, 47–72. Edited by James Porter. (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007) 

Elliott, Kenneth, ed., Five cantatas of John Clerk of Penicuik (Glasgow: Musica Scotica Trust, 2008). 

Holman, Peter, Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court 1540-1690 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993). 

Johnson, David, “Bagpipe Music in Eighteenth-Century Violin Sources,” Out of the Flames: Studies on the William Dixon Manuscript (1733). Edited by Roderick Cannon (Perth: Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society, 2004). 

Johnson, David, Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century: A Music Collection and Historical Study (Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 2005). 

McCart, Calum, The Kers and the Maules: Music in the Lives of Two Seventeenth Century Scottish Aristocratic Families (Undergraduate dissertation, Colchester Institute School of Music, 1988). 

McCart, Calum, “The Panmure Manuscripts: a New Look at an Old Source of Christopher Simpson’s Consort Music,” Chelys 18 (1989), 18-29.

McGibbon, William, Complete Sonatas, ed. Elizabeth Cary Ford (Middleton: A-R Editions, 2018).

McGrattan, Alexander, The Trumpet in Scotland from 1488 to 1800 (PhD thesis, Open University, 1999). 

McGregor, Aaron, The McFarlane Manuscript: European influences on 18th Century Scots fiddle music (Undergraduate dissertation, University of Edinburgh, 2009). 

McGregor, Aaron, Violinists and Violin Music in Scotland 1550-1750 (PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 2020). 

Robinson, John “John Leyden’s Lyra Viol Manuscript in Newcastle University Library and George Farquhar Graham’s Copy in the National Library of Scotland,” Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society, 2 (2008), 17-57. 

Spring, Matthew, ed. Balcarres Lute Book, 2 vols (Glasgow: Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, 2010) 

Stell, Evelyn, Sources of Scottish Instrumental Music 1603 -1707 (PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 1999). 

Turbet, Richard, “The Music Collection of a Scottish Laird: George Skene of Skene, 1731,” Brio 32, no. 1 (1995): 24–27.