Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
MURDOCH HENDERSON COLLECTION
A collection of over 200 bound volumes, 556 sheet music publications and a number of manuscript volumes, bequeathed by John Murdoch Henderson (d. 1972) and received in 1973. It consists mainly of Scottish instrumental music (of the 18th and the 19th century) for the bagpipe and fiddle, reflecting Henderson’s collecting of fiddle tunes both traditional and modern which led him to publish Flowers of Scottish Melody (1935, reprinted 1986). This work includes some of his own tunes, and The Scottish Music Maker (1957) also includes his arrangements of tunes by James Scott Skinner (1843-1927). The manuscript material contains copies of his own works, and autograph compositions of other composers, particularly from the Aberdeen area, most notably works by Skinner. The bequest included a fund from which additions to the collection have been purchased.
The manuscripts are described and indexed in Vol. XV (unpublished) of the Library’s Catalogue of Manuscripts.