A Collection of New Strathspeys, Reels &c.
by French, John
Full title: A Collection of New Strathspey's, Reel's &c. for the Piano Forte Violin and Violoncello Dedicated to Mrs. Boswell of Auchinleck By John French, Ayr
Publisher: Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd
Printer: Printed & Sold by Gow & Shepherd
The dedicatee, Mrs Boswell was the wife of the poet and antiquarian, Sir Alexander Boswell, 1st Baronet of Auchinleck (and son of Samuel Johnson's travelling companion James Boswell).
 pencilled in GB-En copy. GB-Ob notes watermark 1801.
There is one Irish slip jig, but the contents are mostly reels, with fewer strathspeys. This collection formed the inspiration for James MacMillan's piece 'Cumnock Fair' (http://www.boosey.com/cr/music/James-MacMillan-Cumnock-Fair/1483). The tunes generally have four-beat simple basslines; although moderately interesting, many follow a similar pattern which becomes repetitive.
Link: From HMT, with basslines omitted
Biographical info: John French (1753-1803) was from Ayr (Cumnock, according to Alburger), and this posthumous collection was to raise money for his widow and children. His 'James Dalrymple's Reel' is in a MS in Perth (RISM).
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GB-En Glen 262
GB-Ob Harding Mus. F 132 (6)
This source has not been digitised.