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The Scots Musical Museum by James Johnson, vols 1-4

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was the greatest preserver of old Scots tunes and melodies. He dedicated to rescue from oblivion and neglect hundreds of songs without words and supplied the lyrics to suit the melodies. They were gathered together in these 4 volumes.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT208
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
32cm x 16cm
What:
The Scots Musical Museum by James Johnson in 4 volumes
Subject:
The volumes on display contain annotations in the Poets' handwriting of approx. 3000 words including the full version of 'Auld Lang Syne'. The volumes were brought back from America at the record price (at that time) of ¶œ5500 in 1964.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
James Johnson (Edinburgh publisher)
When:
1787-1796
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The volumes on display contain annotations in the Poets' handwriting of approx. 3000 words including the full version of 'Auld Lang Syne'. The volumes were brought back from America at the record price (at that time) of ¶œ5500 in 1964.
Description:
The set of 4 volumes of the Scots Musical Museum were first published in 1787-1796. Burns was the greatest preserver of old Scots songs and melodies and collaborated with an Edinburgh publisher James Johnson and these editions are regarded as the finest of all Scottish song collections.