Here, I have compiled a number of the primary texts, literary criticism and musical recordings I utilised while researching the project.

The Lyrics


Ane godlie dreame, Elizabeth Melville (Robert Charteris, Edinburgh, 1603)

Ballattis of Luve, ed. John MacQueen (Edinburgh 1970)

The Complaynt of Scotland, Robert Wedderburn, ed. A.M. Stewart (Edinburgh, Scottish Text Society, 1979)

The gude and godlie ballatis, ed. Alasdair A. MacDonald (Scottish Text Society, 2015)

Poems of Alexander Montgomerie, ed. David J. Parkinson (Edinburgh, Scottish Text Society, 2000)

Poems of Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross, Unpublished Work from Manuscript with ‘Ane Godlie Dreame’, ed. Jamie Reid Baxter (Edinburgh, 2010)

The Mercat anthology of early Scottish literature, 1375-1707, eds. R.D.S. Jack and P.A.T. Rozendaal (Mercat Press, 1997)


Graham Caie, Roderick J. Lyall, Sally Mapstone and Ken Simpson (eds.), The European Sun (Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 2002)

Germaine Greer et al. (eds.), Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women’s Verse (London, 1988)

Sally Mapstone (ed.), Older Scots Literature (Edinburgh, 2005)

David J Parkinson(ed.), James VI and I, Scotland and Literature: Tides of Change, 1567-1625 (Leuven, 2012)


Priscilla Bawcutt, ‘James VI’s Castalian Band: A Modern Myth’, Scottish Historical Review 80 (2001), 251-59

Jamie Reid Baxter, `Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross: 3500 New Lines of Verse’, in Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing, eds. Sarah M. Dunnigan et al. (Basingstoke and New York, 2004), pp. 195-200

Sarah Dunnigan, ‘Scottish women writers, c.1560–c.1650’, A history of Scottish women’s writing, ed. D. Gifford and D. Macmillan (Edinburgh University Press, 1997), pp. 15–43

Helena Mennie Shire, ‘Music for “Goddis Glore and the Kingis”’, in Stewart Style, 1513-1542: Essays on the Court of James V, ed. Janet Hadley Williams (Tuckwell Press, 1996), 118-141

Theo van Heijnsbergen, ‘The Bannatyne MS Lyrics: Literary Convention and Authorial Voice’ in The European sun : Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature, ed. Graham Caie (Tuckwell Press, 1993), pp. 423-444

Theo van Heijnsbergen, ‘The Love Lyrics of Alexander Scott’, Studies in Scottish Literature 26:1 (1991), 366-379

R.D.S. Jack, `The Lyrics of Alexander Montgome­rie’, in Review of English Studies 20 (1969), 168-181


David Laing, Inquiries respecting some of the early historical writers of Scotland, Volume 1, (Neill and Company, 1878)

Theo van Heijnsbergen, ‘Studies in the Contextualisation of Mid-Sixteenth-Century Scottish Verse’, (Thesis, University of Glasgow, 2010)

Jenny Wormald, Court, Kirk and Community: Scotland 1470-1625 (Edinburgh University Press, 1981)

The Music


John Forbes, Cantus, Songs and Fancies (Aberdeen, 1682)

Robert Jones, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (London, 1600)

Music of Scotland, 1500-1700, MB XV, eds. Kenneth Elliott and Helene Mennie Shire, (Musica Britannica, 1957)

Sixteenth-century Scots songs for voice and lute, edited and arranged by Kenneth Elliott (Univeristy of Glasgow, 1996)


James Porter (ed.), Defining Strains: The Musical Life of Scots in the Seventeenth Century (Peter Lang, 2007)

Gordon Munro (ed.), Notis musycall: essays on music and Scottish culture in honour of Kenneth Elliott (Musica Scotica Trust, 2005)


Charles Sanford Terry, ‘John Forbes’s “Songs and Fancies”‘, The Music Quarterly 22:4 (1936), 402-419


Kathryn Lavinia Cooper, ‘Robert Edward’s Commonplace Book: the context and function of a seventeenth-century Scottish music manuscript (GB-En MS.9450), with an edition of the musical content’, PhD thesis (University of Glasgow, 2016)

John Purser, Scotland’s music: a history of the traditional and classical music of Scotland from early times to the present day (Mainstream Publishing in conjunction with BBC Scotland, 1992)

J. M. Gibbon, Melody and the Lyric (London: Dent, 1930)