Many individuals and organizations have helped to get pibroch’s source materials online in an open-access, user-friendly, comprehensive and rigorous way. The Alt Pibroch Club is grateful to everyone who has contributed, directly and indirectly, to the collective operation that began in 2007. Phase 1 of this site, focusing on the primary sources of all pibrochs transcribed before 1841, was completed on 16 May 2016.

A report summarising the roles of key individuals is here. Below, we thank the libraries, archives, owners and funders who enabled us to make images of these source materials available for non-commercial uses (a CC BY-NC license). Please do not abuse this. To use these images on anything which will be sold, you must obtain permission from the owners whose details are found both below and on each source page.

Piobaireachd Society logoThe Piobaireachd Society owns many of the sources deposited in the National Library of Scotland. The Society gave permission for them to be digitised and many of the PDFs hosted here were created and uploaded by Roderick Cannon, Ross Anderson, Robert Wallace and Jack Taylor. They first appeared between 2008 and 2011 on the websites and
National Library of ScotlandThe National Library of Scotland has provided images and granted permission for these to be made available online for non-commercial playing and study uses, including downloading and printing. Written permission for other uses (including reproduction, publication, adaptation, manipulation of images, rental and leasing) must be obtained from the Manuscript Collections Division of the National Library of Scotland
Edinburgh University Library logoEdinburgh University Library has provided images from the David Laing Collection and granted permission for these to be made available online under a Creative Commons License. This permits the use of individual images for non-commercial purposes (particularly in the areas of education and research), as long as appropriate credit is given to Edinburgh University Library. For commercial uses, contact the Centre for Research Collections (
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland logoThe Society of Antiquaries of Scotland owns the MacFarlane Manuscript (Y3). All uses of these images should acknowledge the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in the caption. For commercial uses, contact the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
The Carnegie Trust logoIn 2007, The Carnegie Trust paid for the scanning of the Colin Campbell and Peter Reid manuscripts. This initiative was led by William Donaldson, Steve Scaife and Jim McGillivray who were the first to get pibroch sources online at and
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Bass culture in Scottish musical traditions
was a 3-year research project funded by the UK's Arts & Humanities Research Council involving the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It funded three things between May 2013 and October 2015: Barnaby Brown's time developing the Alt Pibroch Club websites with David Hester; the production of audio content, including Allan MacDonald's pronunciation of Gaelic tune titles; and the digitising of sources J and AC. The result forms a counterpart to Barnaby Brown's PhD thesis, 'The craft of a Scottish Gaelic piper: a study of Colin Campbell's Instrumental Book, 1797', due to be submitted in June 2017.