502 – Irish Tunes for the Scottish and Irish War Pipes by William Walsh and David Glen

An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.


1      1911


p [i], title; pp [ii-iii], index; p [iv] blank; pp 1-57, tunes 1-143; p [58] blank.

  • British Library, London.  Cover missing. Bound up with several other books. 6.5 x 10.0″. Received 20 May 1911.
  • City Library, Dundee.
  • Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.  From David McClure Walker’s collection

This work was compiled in 1909 but not published immediately. On 2 January 1909, David Glen wrote to S. O Casaide, ‘Do you know of any “Society” that would give a help to Publish Irish tunes for the “Ancient Irish” and “Scottish War Pipes”? . . . say by subscribing for a quantity of copies. I have a large number of tunes which I might publish if I could get some assurance of a sale for such.’ And on 19 November 1909 he wrote, ‘My Irish tunes are ready for going to the engraver but owing to dull trade I cannot spare the “Needful” at present so this matter will have to lie over until better times come again.’ (National Library of Ireland MSS 8116-4). The book was, however, advertised for sale in the Celtic Monthly, June 1911.

2      After 1911


Contents as 1.

  • Black Gate Museum, Newcastle.  6.8 x 10.2”.
  • Geoff Hore’s Collection

There is nothing in this edition that helps to date it but the imprint with David Glen & Sons changed in 1911.  A previous owner’s details are penciled on the title-page and has the date 16/5/45.

 3     1951


pp [i]-57, same as I above; pp [58-60], advertisements.

  • Geoff Hore’s Collection

This edition was advertised in the Piping Times, vol 3, no. 8 (May 1951).  


  • Rev 00. (19 October 2008).
  • Rev 01. (11 March 2009). Adds a scanned image of the title-page of edition 2.
  • Rev 02. (15 April 2015). Format changed for bibliography.altpibroch.com. The edition numbering changed from Roman to Arabic numerals.

© Geoff Hore 2015