Scottish Psalmody: Short Metre Tunes

The tunes on this page are those found in the book “The Scottish Psalmody”, as published by the Free Church of Scotland in tonic sol-fa in a major revision in 1977, with various reprints since, the most recent being a 2013 printing by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) from the FCoS staff music edition which had first been issued in 1992. The recordings are chosen according to my personal preference of singing style rather than because the singing was taken from a particular book – hence some are actually recordings of singing from Sing Psalms (the complete version of which was published 2003 by the Free Church of Scotland).


  • 159: Aynhoe (1 in Sing Psalms, 160 in Scottish Psalter 1929)

    In the form printed in the Scottish Psalmody (and Scottish Psalter 1929) this is a beautiful tune.  I learned it (to Psalm 45, last few verses) in a psalmody class over 25 years ago.  This form appears rather different  to the various printed samples from American hymn books at Hymnary.org and in any case I can find no online recordings of any group singing either psalms or hymns using this tune.

    There is a recording of Psalm 45: 13-17 to Aynhoe on the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)’s Worthy to Be Praised Vol 1 CD.

    Midi at Aberdeen Free Church of Scotland (Continuing).


  • 160: Bucer (2 in Sing Psalms, not in Scottish Psalter 1929)

    Psalm 45: 6-11, from the 1976 Glasgow Psalmody Recital tape “Joy in Psalms”.


  • 161 Carlisle (3 in Sing Psalms, 162 in Scottish Psalter 1929)

    Psalm 45:6-11, from Greenville Presbyterian Church (FCC)


  • 162 Dennis (4 in Sing Psalms, not in Scottish Psalter 1929)

    Psalm 57:1-5, from Sing Psalms by permission of the Free Church of Scotland
    Psalm 25:1-7 (Scottish Psalter)
    both on Connor Quigley’s Soundcloud profile


  • 163 Franconia (5 in Sing Psalms, 164 in Scottish Psalter 1929)

    Psalm 17: 6-8, 15 from Sing Psalms by permission of the Free Church of Scotland (via Connor Quigley)
    Psalm 25: 1-5 from a psalm-sing organised by folk from the Santa Fe, Texas, congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland.


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