Major collections


A.K. Bell Library, Perth

  • Atholl Collection
    • A collection of mainly 18th and 19th century Scottish music. It was assembled by Lady Dorothea Stewart Murray, daughter of the 7th Duke of Atholl. It was left to the Sandeman Library (now the A K Bell Library) on condition that it be known as the Atholl Collection, and to be kept intact. It contains all the great songs and music collections of the 18th and 19th centuries, together with poetry manuscript material and some ephemera. The collection is mostly of Scottish music and includes all the famous song collections such as those of Herd, Ramsay, Burns, Scott, Lady Nairne, Hoff, Motherwell, Maidment, Kirkpartrick, Sharp, Ritchie Kinloch, Christie, Ritson and Ford, and tune collections such as those of Bremner, Gow, Glen and Marshall. Distinguished compilations such as the Gesto and Killin collections are also represented.The collection also includes original manuscripts such as William Dixon's Tune Book of 1734.