It is commonly said that no one nowadays
reads a preface. If this be true, I am indeed sorry, as it is here
that I desire to tender my sincere thanks to Mr. Andrew Cairns, the
present owner of St. Cecilia’s Hall, for allowing me on several
occasions to inspect the old place; to Mr. Ramsay, of Messrs. John
C. Brodie and Sons, W.S., for his kindness in permitting me to
examine title-deeds; to the officials in the Advocates’ Library,
Edinburgh, and in the Library of the University of Glasgow, for
their patient courtesy in supplying me with the many books which I
had from time to time to consult.
It also gives me much pleasure to express my indebtedness to Mr.
Robert A. Marr, C.A., Edinburgh, than whom probably no one in
Scotland knows more of the rise of choral societies. Mr. Marr not
only furnished me with copies of his works on musical subjects, but
placed at my disposal, for purposes of illustration in this work,
his interesting collection of portraits of musicians, as well as
several unique musical relics, amongst which I would specially
mention the manuscript copy of the ‘Index to the whole Musick
belonging to the Edinburgh Musical Society, 1782.'/ From this
precious volume, the only one of its kind, and therefore absolutely
un-replaceable, Mr. Marr gave permission to reproduce the page we
thought the most interesting.
To Mr. John Glen, musical-instrument maker, Edinburgh, my sincere
thanks are due for his kindness in critically reading Chapter IV.,
which deals with subjects—foreign musicians in Edinburgh and the
origin of Scottish song-tunes— upon which, from his life-long study
of them, he can speak with indisputable authority.