A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs
by Patrick McDonald
Full title: A collection of Highland vocal airs, never hitherto published: To which are added a few of the most lively country dances or reels, of the North Highlands, & Western Isles: and some specimens of bagpipe music. By Patrick Mc Donald
Publisher: Edinburgh : Printed for the publisher
Printer: Printed for the publisher
Collected by McDonald's brother, Joseph, the manuscript was retrieved by Sir John Murray MacGregor in Bengal. The book has an extensive subscriber list, and is dedicated to the Highland Society in London.
The preface and basslines are almost definitely by Walter Young (see McAulay, Chapter 1), whilst the Essay/dissertation 'Of the Influence of Poetry and Music upon the Highlanders' is by Ramsay of Ochtertyre.
Some tunes are given without basses, and there is discussion of this in Preface, p.5-6. There are some elegant single line basses, some broken octaves, and other more pianistic figuration. The fiddle pibroch at the end is written in scordatura.
Biographical info: Patrick McDonald (1729-1824), was born in Durness of a musical clergyman's family, educated at University of Aberdeen, and was minister of Kilmore for 69 years. (Glen 1, xi-xii; McAulay) His brother Joseph McDonald (1739-1763) died in India.
- Aberdeen University Library
- Birmingham University Library
- Cambridge University Library
- Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
- National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh City Library
- Edinburgh University Library
- Mitchell Library, Glasgow
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
- University of Glasgow Library
- Royal Academy of Music, London
- British Library, London
- Royal College of Music, London
- Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, London
- Manchester Public Library
- Manchester University Library
- Newcastle University Library
- Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
- A K Bell Library, Perth
- Saint Andrews University Library
- Sheffield University Library
- National Library of Ireland, Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin
GB-En Inglis 157, etc
GB-Gm M8192 / 784.4941
GB-Gu Ca12-x.53 (Henry Farmer's copy)
GB-SA 160 Finzi
This source has not been digitised.