Sources for Gaelic harp music
National Library of Scotland ms adv.5.2.15
probably compiled c.1630, though this is a guess; it could date from as early as 1615 or as late as the 1650s. Written by, or for, John Skene (d.1644) of Hallyards, Lothian, or his son William. Written in tablature for the mandore, a kind of small lute.
Early Gaelic harp tunes in this source
p.238-244 (?) Port Ballangowne
What else is in this manscript?
This mandore book was written by or for a wealthy East coast aristocrat and contains a selection of different music he world have performed on the mandore. The mauscript is a compilation of eight books containing a repertory of 117 pieces set for the mandore (a small 5 course lute-like instrument). The music is a mixture of English, French and Scots airs.
For an example of the manuscript, please Click here for my Flowers of the Forest class handout, which includes facsimile, transcription, and notes on mandore tuning and tablature.
How to read the manuscript
Click here for some information on how to approach the music in the manuscript.