Daniel Dow Collection (e-book)

A Collection of Ancient Scots Music for the Violin, Harpsichord, or German Flute never before printed, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A rare early work available in some libraries and private collections and now made available as a digital book.

Daniel Dow (1732-83) was a music teacher in Edinburgh, he particularly taught guitar. A dance called “Athol House and Ossian’s Hall was composed by him. Many of his tunes are excellent and great favourites: “Athol House”, “Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk’s Reel” “Bonnie Annie” and “Lady Charlotte Murray’s Reel”.

Many of his compositions were re-named in various other collections by Nathanial Gow and others when including them in their own collections. Daniel Dow made one of the first collections of Gaelic airs, giving their Gaelic titles and John Glen the collector considered “ that many of his tunes are excellent”. Dow died at the age of 51 in January 1783 of a fever.


Fiddle, Harp
Book format:
A4 Landscape
Staff notation
Tune Types:
Reel, Strathspey
Daniel Dow

Table of contents

  • Battle of Hara Law
  • Bishop of Argyle’s lament
  • Black girl is not cheerfull
  • Boatman’s song
  • Bonny Peggie kiss’d me
  • Clan Ranald’s march to Edinburgh
  • Da mibi manum
  • Daft Robin
  • Duke of Atholl’s march
  • Earl of Wigton’s lament
  • Fiddlers contempt
  • Finlay is his father’s darling
  • Gae to the ky wi’ me Johnnie
  • Highland solo
  • Highland watch
  • I love the youth
  • Lads with the kilts
  • Loch Isle’s salutation
  • Lord Bradalban’s march
  • Lord dundee’s lamentation
  • kill’d at the Battle of Killikrankie
  • Lord Rae’s salutation
  • Lude’s super
  • McDonald of Keppoch’s lamentation being murdered by his two cusin germans
  • McDonald of the Isles salutation
  • McGrigor’s lamentations
  • McGrigor’s search
  • McLeod’s less salutation
  • Mary the daughter of George
  • May is my love
  • Morag
  • Mr Campbell of Achnabreack’s salutation
  • Old wife haunts after me
  • One winking eye
  • Port Atholl
  • Port Gordon
  • Port Lennox
  • Quick dream
  • Rorie Dall’s sister’s lament
  • Sandy Gow’s three pints
  • Seaforth’s salutation
  • Stewarts’ march
  • Whisky