Joseph Ritson, compiler of Scotish Songs
Unfortunately, that made him very unpopular with a whole lot of people. In spite of that, spare him a charitable thought today, because he wasn't all bad - just a bit difficult to get along with!
He compiled a two-volume collection of Scottish songs which was highly thought-of in its day. The Whittaker Library has facsimiles of Ritson's two-volume Scotish Songs. (Yes, that is the archaic spelling!)
- Read more about Ritson and his work, in a posting Karen wrote in 2011.
- Ritson and Robert Burns both wrote about how Scottish song should be performed. They were quoting a third antiquarian, William Tytler. Read that story here ...