James Oswald, The Caledonian Pocket Companion. In seven volumes, containing all the favourite Scotch tunes with variations for the German flute with an index to the whole. 8 vols (Printed for the Author, London c. 1745).

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In about 1745 the first two volumes of The Caledonian Pocket Companion, a cheap collection of one-line tunes suitable for flute, violin or, indeed, any other instrument, were published. This work was to be the success of Oswald’s life; it ran to 12 volumes and many reprints and copies were still circulating long after his death (1769).

Moreover, Robert Burns’s song lyrics are hardly conceivable without the tunes provided for them by The Caledonian Pocket Companion.

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