364 – John Wilson’s Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music by John Wilson

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.

 

Book 1

1      1937

John Wilson’s collection / of / Highland bagpipe music / Book I /

Printed in Scotland by Gordon Wilson, 47 Thistle Street, Edinburgh / Published by: John Wilson, 25 Paisley Avenue, Edinburgh.
Below title, left: Copyright / reserved Below title, right: Price 2/6

p [i], title, p [ii], advertisement; p [iii], index; p [iv], foreword; pp 1-15, marches (15); p 16, slow marches (2); pp 17-20, strathspeys (5); pp 21-29, reels (8); p 30, hornpipe (1); pp 31-49, jigs (20); p [501 blank; p [511, advertisement; p [52] blank.

British Library, London.* 6.9 x 10, 3″.
Library binding.

In book 3 of this series the author gives the publication date as 1937.

1a     c1937-46

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Front Cover

Contents as per edition I.

  • The Author’s Collection.

This book has been placed ahead of edition 2 because the price is lower but it can be dated after edition 1 because of the Canadian address. There is an advertisement inside the rear cover for William Sinclair and Son, 14 Dock Street, Leith. This address changed to 1 Madeira Street in 1946 (see Highland Bagpipe Makers by Jeannie Campbell page 133).

1b c1937-46

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Front Cover

Contents as in 1.

  • Private Collection. Bill McInnes, Australia.

Bill McInnes of Australia purchased this book in 1957 and thanks are expressed for permission to use the above image. Once again it is assumed the higher price indicates a later publication date but as it too has the same advertisement as edition 1a, can be dated between 1937 and 1946.

2      ND

Title as I.

Printed in Scotland / Published by: John Wilson 461 McRoberts Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
Below title, left: World / Copyright. Below title, right: Price / 10/- / not for sale / or export to / Dollar countries

Contents as I
Roderick Cannon’s Collection.*

6.9 x 10. 3”. Paper covers.

2a    c1950

Nothing is known of this edition however refer comments in edition 3 below.

3      After 1967

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [ii] photograph of four pipers including the author; p [iii], index; p [iv], foreword; pp 1-49, as in edition I; p [50], contents of book 2; p [5l], photograph, Aboyne Games, 1930; p [52], contents of book 3.

6.8 x 10.2”. Paper covers.

The foreword is the same as in edition 1. A notice in the Piping Times (December 1971) advertising this edition refers also to an edition with photographs, published in Toronto in 1950.

 

Book 2

1     1957

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [iii], index; p [iv], foreword; pp 1-5, slow marches (7); pp 6-21, 2/4 marches (12); pp 22-29, 6/8 marches (8); p 30, 3/4 march (1, with seconds), pp 31-36, strathspeys (6); pp 37-44, reels (7); pp 45-57, jigs, (11); pp 58-89, hornpipes (2); pp 60-61, ‘Sheann Trubhais’; p 62, ‘The Swords’; p [63] blank; p [64], index to book 1.

  • Roderick Cannon’s Collection.* 6.9 x 10.2′. Paper covers.
  • The Author’s Collection.

In book 3 of this series the author gives the publication date as 1957. A review appeared in the Piping Times, September 1957. Some minor misprints were pointed out by the author in a note in the next issue and the review was followed by an interesting letter in the January 1958 issue.

2     ND

A later issue has the price printed as 10/-.

No new information has been obtained at this time.

 

Book 3

1  1966

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Front Cover

p [i], frontispiece; p [ii], ‘Some Highlights of a Piping Career’; p [iii], index; p [iv], foreword; pp 1-3, slow marches (6); pp 4-16, 2/4 marches (12); pp 17-30, 6/8 marches (14); pp 31-33, 3/4 marches (5); p 34, 9/8 march (1); p 35, polka (1); pp 36-43, strathspeys (8); pp 44-50, reels (8); pp 51-58, jigs (8); pp 59-63, hornpipes (5); p [64], index to book 1.

  • The Author’s Collection.

There is no title-page: the above title is taken from the front cover. Inside the back cover is the index to book 2 of this series.

In spite of the title, this book was published in 1966, as is stated on page [ii]. It was advertised for sale in September 1966

2      ND

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Front Cover

Contents as I.

  • The Author’s Collection.  From Angus A MacIntyre’s Collection.

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  • Rev 00.
  • Rev 01 (3 May 2010).  Adds edition 1b and updates the edition numbering.