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The Skye Collection (book)

The famous Skye Collection, which first appeared in 1887 and was later reprinted in a smaller edition, has been out of print for many years. The title page indicates that it included "the best Reels & Strathspeys extant embracing over four hundred tunes collected from all the best sources, compiled and arranged for violin and piano by Keith Norman Macdonald." It is hoped that this new edition, which includes all the tunes from the earlier first and second editions, will meet the demand from Scottish music enthusiasts to have available again one of the outstanding collections of original airs.

Many of the tunes are originally for bagpipe, but all of the tunes have been presented here in piano arrangements with melody and accompaniment. Violinists or fiddlers, pipers, or other melody instruments may double the melody. The original compiler's 1887 preface is also included, which provides insights into the sources and proper interpretation of the tunes.


Accordion, Fiddle, Piano
Tune Types:
Reel, Strathspey
Staff notation
Keith Norman MacDonald
Book format:
1887 reprinted 1979

Table of contents

  • The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell
  • The Marquis of Tullybardine
  • Miller of Drone
  • Masons Apron
  • The Stewart Rant
  • Master Reginald Macdonald
  • Ridhle Thulichun/Reel of Tulloch
  • Stumpie
  • The Deil Among the Tailors
  • Lady Madelina Sinclair
  • Greig's Pipes
  • Neil Gow's
  • Speed the Plough
  • Timour the Tartar
  • Caillach Oidhche
  • The Hurdle Race
  • Miss Stewart Grantully
  • Burn O'Cairnie
  • Miss Mackay
  • Stool of Repentance
  • Mrs. Macleod Raasay
  • Because He Was a Bonny Lad
  • Lady Binning
  • Biodag Air Mac Thomais
  • The Highland Society of London
  • Fhear Nan Casun Caola
  • Birk Hall
  • The Kings Gun
  • The Banks of Clyde
  • The Glen Where My Love Is
  • Daldownys
  • Money Musk
  • Nuair Bha Mi Fein 'Nam Mhaidun
  • The Fyket
  • The Yetts of Muckart
  • Hoch Hey Johnny Lad
  • Gillie Calum
  • A Mhisg A Chur An Nolig Oirn
  • Biodag Air mac Alasdair/Macalister Wears a Dirk
  • Link Him Doddie
  • The Bridge of Perth
  • Miss Dumbreck
  • Perthshire Volunteers
  • Dunse Dings A'
  • The Seaforth Highlanders
  • Comely Garden
  • The Duchess of Buccleugh
  • Fill the Stoup
  • Mrs. Chisholm
  • Mùr Ossian/Ossian's Hall
  • Lord Blantyres
  • The Perthshire Hunt
  • Ceres Green
  • Romp Among the Whins
  • Thorn Bush
  • Airchie Brown
  • It's Nae Ay for Want O' Health O?
  • Avimore
  • Lasses Like Nae Brandy
  • High Road to Linton
  • The Marchioness of Huntly
  • O She's Comical
  • Miss Rose of Tarlogie
  • Mrs. Keith Macdonald's
  • Blue Bonnets over the Border
  • Miss Johnstone
  • The Falls of Divach
  • Master Andrew Grant
  • Lord Alexander Gordon
  • Keep the Country Bonnie Lassie
  • Lady Baird
  • Highland Whisky
  • Miss Nisbet of Dirleton
  • Lieut. Col. Baillie of Leys
  • Lady Jemima Cornwalis
  • Captain Gillans
  • Captian Macduff
  • The Lea Rig
  • The Fiddich-Side Lasses
  • Mrs. Rachel Gibson
  • Mr. Murray
  • Mr. Jospeh Bank
  • Madam Frederick
  • Foot It Feathy
  • Peter Bailie
  • Mrs. General Campbell's Reel
  • Talisker
  • Annie Is My Darling
  • The Bog of Gight
  • Craigaillichie Bridge
  • Rachel Rae
  • Invereys
  • Lord Macdonald
  • Mrs. Colonel Bailie of Red-Castle
  • Lady Mary Ramsay
  • Miss Rattray
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Harvest Home
  • Jenny Dang the Weaver
  • Miss Lucy Campbell
  • Talisker
  • Lady Madelina Palmer
  • The Lasses of Stewarton
  • Miss Oliphant
  • The Soldier's Joy
  • The Back of the Change House
  • Lassie Look Before You
  • The House of Letterfourie
  • Mrs. Macdonald
  • Skeabost
  • Mrs. Macleod of Elleanreach
  • Jenny Bowser
  • Lads of Tain
  • Lady Mary Stopford
  • Sir Archibald Dunbar
  • Mr. Alexander Munro's Favourite
  • Porst Mohr Iain Ic Eachinn/John Maceachinn's Big Tune
  • Mr. Robertson of Lude
  • Dogs Bite Chapmen
  • Sandy Macdonald's Favourite
  • Sandy Macdonald's
  • The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
  • Mrs. Macdonald's Ord
  • Cameron's Got His Wife Again
  • Welcome Charlie Stewart
  • Leslie
  • Caillich Odhar
  • I Winna Gae to Bed
  • Ben Lomond
  • Lord Kinneard
  • Clach Na Cudain
  • Lord Dalhousie
  • The Red Coat