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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Finding Scottish Fiddle Music in the Whittaker Library


All our collections are in our catalogue, and they all live together on the shelves at M1450.  (It's the number for dance tunes).  We have loads of Scottish music, and the following collections are some that our RCS tutors recommend.   Numbers of copies are correct at the time of writing (17 November 2016).  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then please do ask! 


Don’t forget the Digital!

There are some key websites where you’ll find masses of material:-


Real Paper Copies

  1. Athole Collection 1 & 2 (we have 5 lending sets and one in special collections) 
  2. Simon Fraser Collection (5 copies) (also online at IMSLP)
  3. Fiddle Music of Scotland (Hunter) (3 copies and ordering a fourth)
  4. Harp & Claymore (Skinner)  (3 copies)
  5. Highland Collections (5 copies)
  6. Patrick MacDonald Highland Vocal Airs  (2 copies + a photocopy. Ordering 2 more.)
  7. Gow’s Repository (1 copy) (also online at HMS.Scot AND NLS Digital Gallery)
  8. The Marshall Collections (William Marshall) (4 copies)
  9. Mackintosh Collections (Robert  Mackintosh) (4 copies) (also online at Highland Music Trust)
  10. Skye Collection / Gesto Collection   (1 copy, ordering 3 more).  (Also online at
  11. Gesto Collection – We’re ordering 3 new copies.  (Also online at NLS Digital Gallery)
  12. Standard Settings of Pipe Music / Scots Guards (We have 1 and 2, and we’re ordering 2 copies of book 3)

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