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Early Manuscripts and books of Piobaireachd

This section shows many of the early manuscripts and books of Piobaireachd.


Angus MacKay Manuscript - Seaforth

Angus MacKay writes in this manuscript that the tunes were selected "from the original manuscript in his possession as noted down by him (in staff notation) from the Canntaireachd of John MacKay his father from the years 1826 to 1840.  Angus wrote the manuscript while he was confined in the Bethlem Hospital London but he evidently had old stocks of paper with him since he used the same stock for the index of this manuscript as he had used for his two-volume manuscript.



This manuscript was compiled by Angus MacKay in about 1840.

The manuscript contains a number of blank pages, which were not scanned. The last five pages - the Ceol Beag  - are mostly in a different hand, although Angus MacKay appears to have written the verse on the second last page.

This scan was made by Roderick Cannon and Ross Anderson on Jan 19 2008 from a National Library of Scotland microfilm of the manuscript. The National Library of Scotland states that `These manuscripts are available for non-commercial playing and study uses only, including downloading and printing. Written permission for any other uses (including reproduction, publication, adaptation, manipulation of images, rental and leasing) must be obtained form the Manuscripts Collections Division of the National Library of Scotland.'

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Front matter, including Angus MacKay's index to the tunes  Get Document: Front matter, including Angus MacKay's index to the tunes
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Little Finger Tune Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Little Finger Tune
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Weighing from Land Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Weighing from Land
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Welcome Johnnie Back Again Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Welcome Johnnie Back Again
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for Red Hector of the Battles Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for Red Hector of the Battles
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Salute to King James the Sixth Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Salute to King James the Sixth
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Blind Piper's Obstinacy Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Blind Piper's Obstinacy
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for the Departure of King James Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for the Departure of King James
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Bicker Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Bicker
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for The Duke of Hamilton Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for The Duke of Hamilton
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Tune of Strife Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Tune of Strife
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Alistair Mor MacDonald's Salute  Get Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Alistair Mor MacDonald's Salute
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Desperate Battle Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript The Desperate Battle
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript MacLeod of Raasay's Salute Listen to TuneGet Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript MacLeod of Raasay's Salute
Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Ceol Beg  Get Document: Seaforth (Angus MacKay) Manuscript Ceol Beg