The Wighton Database

The Database contains over 1000 records describing Dundee’s Wighton Collection one of the world’s finest repositories of Scottish music.

The Wighton also includes a goodly selection of rare English, Irish and Welsh volumes, with RISM entries in abundance, and many unique items. John and Henry Playford’s “Dancing Masters” and “Apollo’s Banquets” are a particular delight.

The Collection is housed in the Local Studies Suite of Dundee’s Central Library, along with a wealth of primary material from Dundee’s past, including extensive records relating to personalities such as Mary Slessor, Sir James Ivory, William McGonagall, and James Bowman Lindsay.

In March 2000, the United Kingdom Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £162,000 towards the construction of “The Wighton Heritage Centre for the Study and Appreciation of Scottish Music”.


Dundee City Council gratefully acknowledges financial assistance provided by the British Library towards the construction of the Wighton Database, and from the Scottish Library and Information Council towards conservation and microfilming of the Collection.

The Database and Internet pages are all the Copyright of Dundee City Council 1995, 1998.