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The Scottish Violinist (book)

One of the best known and all time greats of Scottish fiddle music as both performer and composer James Scott Skinner (1843 - 1927) wrote many books of fiddle music. He began playing fiddle by ear as a boy but then was offered classical tuition. His technique developed and he became one of the outstanding players of his day. From humble beginnings as a dancing master he went on to play at huge venues such as the London Palladium, sharing the bill sometimes with Harry Lauder.

Skinner wrote over 600 tunes many of which are still very popular in the Scottish repertoire and contained in this book such as The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord, The £10 fiddle, Cradle Song, The Flower of the Quern, etc. He lived long enough to have his music preserved on early recordings and from these we can hear what an amazing fiddler he was. He is buried in Aberdeen where the city erected a memorial in his honour. This book is full of his well known solos and has been a best seller for many years.


Tune Types:
Dance tunes, Hornpipe, Jig, March, Reel, Strathspey
Staff notation
J. Scott Skinner
Book format:
1900 - New Taigh na Teud edition 2013

Table of contents

  • Alice's Dollie
  • Angus McRae
  • Angus Campbell
  • Arbeadie
  • Back to The Hills
  • Ballochmylle Brig
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Bank's Hornpipe
  • Blin' Jamie
  • Bob Steele
  • Bonnie Banchory
  • Bogniebrae
  • Bovaglie's Plaid
  • Buckingham House
  • Clach na Cuddin
  • Cortes Gardens
  • Corgarff Castle
  • Culloden Day
  • Currie's Rambles
  • Dargai
  • Davie Work
  • Davie Adams
  • Davie Taylor
  • Dean Brig o' Edinburgh
  • Delnabo
  • Dr Gordon Stables Reel
  • Dr Baird's Strathspey
  • Drumin
  • Dumbarton Castle
  • Emslie's Fiddle
  • Farewell to Huntly
  • Forbes Morrison
  • Frank Gilruth
  • Fyvie Castle
  • Gallaton
  • Gin ye kiss my wife I'll tell the minister
  • Glencoe
  • Hamilton's Strathspey
  • Happy Tom
  • Hap and Row the feeties o't
  • Harvest Home Hornpipe
  • Hasberry Howard
  • Hector the Hero
  • James Shearer's Reel
  • James D
  • Law’s Reel
  • Jamie Hardie
  • John McColl's
  • J.O. Forbes
  • King Robert the Bruce
  • Lady Catherine Stewart
  • Le Messe
  • Les Trois Grands Luthairs
  • Littlejohn's Hame
  • Lord Huntly's Cave
  • McCallan
  • MacCrimmon's Farewell
  • MacPherson's Lament
  • MacPherson's Blade
  • Madge
  • Madame Sylvain
  • Madame Vanoni
  • Mains of Gartly
  • Marquis of Tullybardine
  • Mary Walker
  • Mar Castle
  • Milladen
  • Miss Primrose
  • Miss Shepherd
  • Miss Paul
  • Mrs Scott Skinner
  • Oor Highland Queen
  • Orange and Blue
  • Ossian
  • Peter Baillie
  • Peter Gray
  • Peter laing
  • Pittengardner's Rant
  • Professor Blackie
  • Reel o' Thuilleachan
  • Sandy Grant
  • Sandie oe'r the Sea
  • Sandlaw's Welcome
  • Sarona
  • Scott Skinner’s reel
  • Scott Skinner's Rockin' Step
  • Scott Skinner's compliments to Dr MacDonald
  • She's Bonnie and Braw
  • Sir William Wallace
  • So I'm off in the good St Nicholas Boat
  • Sword Dance
  • Talisker
  • The Auld Wheel
  • The Athole Highlander's March
  • The Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord
  • The Baker Reel
  • The Bride's Reel
  • The Brig o' Potarch
  • The Buck o' the Cabrach
  • The Barren Rocks of Aden
  • The Blooms o' Bon accord
  • The Balmoral Highlanders
  • The Braes of Auchtertyre
  • The Cameron Highlanders
  • The Cradle Song
  • The College Hornpipe
  • The Devil and the Dirk
  • The Devil in the Kitchen
  • The Dei'l Amang the Tailors
  • The Dove Cot
  • The Duchess Tree
  • The Duke of Fife's Welcome to Dee -side
  • The East Neuk of Fife
  • The Editor's Farewell
  • The Field of Bannockburn
  • The Flower of the quern
  • The Forth Brig
  • The Glenlivet
  • The Hurricane
  • The Highlands of Banff shire
  • The High Level
  • The Haunt of the Gnomes
  • The Left Handed Fiddler
  • The Laird of Drumblair
  • The Miller's Rant
  • The Miller o' Hirn
  • The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell
  • The Music o' Spey
  • The Mathematician
  • The Nine Pint Coggie
  • The President
  • The Perthshire Hunt
  • The Queen's Welcome to Invercauld
  • The Reel o' Tulloch
  • The Rolling Spey
  • The Spinning Wheel
  • The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
  • The Sirdar's March
  • The Valley of Silence
  • The Warrior of Persie
  • The Warrior's Grave
  • The £10 Fiddle
  • Tulchan Lodge
  • Tullochgorum
  • Twist Ye Twine Ye even so
  • Ward's Hornpipe
  • Will's Reel
  • Willie MacLennan