Dundee Central Library


Transcript, made by A.J. Wighton (d.c.1884), of a transcript (then belonging to James Davie of Aberdeen) of the original ‘Blaikie MS’, a music book dated [Glasgow] 1692. Mid-19th century.

Owned in the early 19th century by Andrew Blaikie, engraver in Paisley. Bequeathed c.1884 by A.J. Wighton.

This MS recorded in Nelly Diem, Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schottischen Musik im XVII Jahrhundert (Zürich & Leipzig, 1919), pp. 27-8. The original Blaikie MS is untraced. Another transcript of the Blaikie MS, made by Alfred Moffat, was item 436 in an unidentified sale catalogue (c.1940s).

No. 56

HeR 237: Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to make much of Time (‘Gather ye Rose-budd while ye may’)

Copy of the incipit, in a musical setting for the Viol da Gamba, in the hand of A. J. Wighton.

First published in The Academy of Complements (London, 1646). Hesperides (London, 1648). Martin, p. 84. Patrick, pp. 117-18. Musical setting by William Lawes published in John Playford, Select Musicall Ayres, and Dialogues (London, 1652).

No. 59

CmT 222: Thomas Campion, ‘What if a day, or a month, or a yeare’

Copy of the incipit, with a musical setting for the viol da Gamba, in the hand of A.J. Wighton.

Possibly first published as a late 16th-century broadside. Philotus (Edinburgh, 1603). Richard Alison, An Howres Recreation in Musicke (London, 1606). Davis, p. 473. The different versions and attributions discussed in A.E.H. Swaen, ‘The Authorship of “What if a Day”, and its Various Versions’, MP, 4 (1906-7), 397-422, and in David Greer, ‘“What if a Day” — An Examination of the Words and Music’, M&L, 43 (1962), 304-19.

See also CmT 239-41.