3 manuscript tune books.
Purchased from Lisa Cox, June 1994.
Scope and content:
Manuscript I is a Scottish collection of Irish, Scottish and English
tunes, owned by the Grant family of Cullen House, Banffshire. Ca. 1802-10,
paper watermarked 1801. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards. In very
The main body of the volume contains about thirty-four Scottish, Irish
and English dances of various types: waltzes, strathspeys, jugs, airs and
lessons. Some of these tunes are unidentified, but those that are include
titles such as "Beardless Boy," "The brown thorns,""Lass gin ye low me
tell me...,""The mole Catcher,""The Galwey Strathspey [sic],""Block &
a wee pickle tar," "Farewall to Whisky", and Irish harpist Turlough Carolan's
Concerto. Grove states that "about 200 of Carolan's airs survive...with...their
words, but unfortunately most are only in a single line form, so it is
not known how he harmonized or accompanied his melodies." It is now known
that in 1748 Carolan's son published a volume of his father's music of
which only one incomplete copy is known to exist. According to Grove this
is a "clue to Carolan's own method of performance and to the Irish traditional
harping style as a whole." In this publication the melodies are accompanied
with a single bass line.
Later in this manuscript there are ten songs, of which some are popular
songs and others bear titles which we have failed to identify.
Manuscript II is a Scottish collection of mainly Scottish, English and
Welsh tunes but includes some Spanish, Italian, French and German airs.
The manuscript was owned by the Grant family. Ca. 1807-1811, paper watermarked
1806. Contemporary calf, battered, some pages excised, but in very good
The manuscript contains about 64 songs, waltzes, strathspeys, jugs and
miscellaneous dances and airs. Composers names include Sir A. Dunbar, George
Kinloch, Arne, Viotti, Mozart, Mathison and one of the Grant family. Titles
include "Michael Wiggins,""Crap the Crappies,""Ap Shenkin,""Montreal,""Times
tell a late,""Tarry a while with me,""Trip to Sutherland,""Donck is Faydr"
(Welsh), "Men of Harlech,""Rewanna Kist," and a dance with figures called
"Draycott House." At the end of the volume there are several examples of
Manuscript III is a Scottish colleciton of predominantly Scottish dances
and tunes, owned by the Grant family. Ca. 1785-1800. Contemporary mottled
calf. In very good state.
At the beginning of this volume are a few lessons and minuets by Granom
and Wagenseil; a concerto by James Hook; and a few anonymous compositions.
The rest of the manuscript contains about 31 pieces of mainly Scottish
dances and airs but includes a song, a Spanish dance, an Irish air and
several anonymous and unidentified tunes. Composers named are F.W. Grant,
Gow, Gordon, and Nibet. Titles include "Fandango è Los Giganzas,""The
Grants Rant,""Isle of Sky" [sic], "Reel of Tulloch,""Lord Kinaird's Reel,""Tullochgorum,""Griory's
Piper,""Roy's Wife,""Circus Tunes," and "Tarry Woo."
[from letter to Paul Wells from Lisa Cox, dated 2 June 1994].
Location: This collection is shelved with other tune books
in special collections.
March 24, 2000