James Hay’s Tune Book

Submitted by David Palmquist:

This tune-book belonged to my grandfather’s grandfather, for 45 years the Society school teacher on the island of Flotta in Orkney, for the Scottish Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge. Its flyleaf is inscribed “James Hay’s Tune Book, October 14, 1843”.

The Scottish Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge was founded in 1709 to promote the Presbyterian faith amongst a mainly Gaelic speaking population in the Highlands and Islands. Schooling was heavily biased towards teaching of the Bible but also included the usual subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as the more practical subject matter of household and agricultural enterprises.

SSPCK school’s were often known as ‘Charity Schools’ because they provided free education

I hope those interested in religious music of this era will enjoy seeing, transcribing and playing it.

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Tune Book

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