Split Psalter Melodies

Need help getting started singing the melodies (tunes) from the Scottish Psalmody (1650 version) split psalter?   This page gives you access to all of the melodies in the split Psalter (the companion to The Psalms of David “black book”).  You can listen online or download the tunes as desired, but you may benefit from first listening to the introductory “Listen to This First” audio file to gain an understanding of how the recordings can be best used, and also allow you to become familiar with the split Psalter. Most recordings have the melody first sung twice without words, followed by singing of the first two stanzas of the Psalm recommended in the Metrical Index of Tunes at the front of the psalter (“The Scottish Psalmody”, Staff edition). Melodies are listed in numerical order, per the Split Psalter numbering system.  You can find an alphabetical cross reference after the melody listings towards the bottom of this page. Select the “Group” files to hear an assembly of people singing.

The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland and our congregation typically use the melodies listed that are in bold (below).  Minor melodies are noted in italics.

Alphabetical Cross Reference

CM = Common Metre (8686) DCM = Double Common Metre (8686 + 8686) LM = Long Metre (8888) SM = Short Metre (6686)
Name Melody Number Metre
Abbey 20 CM
Angels’ Song 1 LM
Arden 21 CM
Argyle 22 CM
Arnold 23 CM
Artaxerxes 24 CM
Aynhoe 159 SM
Ayrshire 25 CM
Babel’s Streams 26 CM
Balfour 27 CM
Ballerma 28 CM
Bangor 29 CM
Barrow 30 CM
Bedford 31 CM
Belgrave 32 CM
Belmont 33 CM
Bishopthorpe 34 CM
Blackbourn 35 CM
Bloxham 36 CM
Bristol 37 CM
Bucer 160 SM
Caithness 38 CM
Carlisle 161 SM
Caroline 39 CM
Cheshire 40 CM
Colchester 41 CM
Coleshill 42 CM
Consolation 43 CM
Contemplation 44 CM
Crasselius 2 LM
Crediton 45 CM
Crimond 46 CM
Croft’s 136th 185 66 66 88
Culross 47 CM
Cunningham 48 CM
Darwall 186 66 66 88
Denfield 49 CM
Dennis 162 SM
Doversdale 3 LM
Duke Street 4 LM
Dundee 50 CM
Dunfermline 51 CM
Durham 52 CM
Durie’s 124th 190 10 10 10 10 10
Eastgate 53 CM
Eatington 54 CM
Eden 55 CM
Effingham 56 CM
Elgin 57 CM
Ericstan 58 CM
Evan 59 CM
Name Melody Number Metre
Farningham 60 CM
Farrant 61 CM
Felix 62 CM
Finnart 5 LM
Fraconia 163 SM
Free Church 63 CM
French 64 CM
Gainsborough 65 CM
Garelochside 164 SM
Geneva 189 87 87 D
Glasgow 66 CM
Glencairn 67 CM
Glenluce 68 CM
Gloucester 69 CM
Grafenberg 70 CM
Hamilton 71 CM
Hampton 165 SM
Haresfield 72 CM
Harington 73 CM
Hawarden 183 66 66 D
Heber 184 66 66 D
Hereford 6 LM
Hermon 74 CM
Herongate 7 LM
Howard 75 CM
Huddersfield 76 CM
Irish 77 CM
Jackson 78 CM
Kerry 166 SM
Kilmarnock 79 CM
Ladywell 150 DCM
Lancaster 80 CM
Lawes (Psalm 32) 180 66 66
Lawes (Psalm 47) 187 66 66 88
Leuchars 181 66 66
Liverpool 81 CM
London New 82 CM
Lyra 83 CM
Mainzer 8 LM
Malan 167 SM
Manchester 84 CM
Martyrdom 85 CM
Martyrs 86 CM
Melcombe 9 LM
Milton 87 CM
Montrose 88 CM
Moravia 89 CM
Morven 90 CM
Naomi 91 CM
Narenze 168 SM
Name Melody Number Metre
New Lydia 92 CM
Newington 93 CM
Notting Hill 94 CM
Old 100th 10 LM
Old 124th 191 10 10 10 10 10
Old 134th 169 SM
Old 22nd 151 DCM
Old 44th 152 DCM
Old 81st 153 DCM
Orlington 95 CM
Orphan’s 96 CM
Paisley 97 CM
Palestrina 98 CM
Peckham 99 CM
Pembroke 100 CM
Petersham 154 DCM
Praetorius 101 CM
Prague 170 SM
Psalm 107 155 DCM
Rest 102 CM
Retreat 11 LM
Richmond 103 CM
Rockingham 12 LM
Salzburg 128 CM
Sawley 129 CM
Saxony 13 LM
Selma 173 SM
Serenity 174 SM
Sheffield 130 CM
Shere 175 SM
Soldau 14 LM
Song 20 176 SM
Southwark 131 CM
Southwell 132 CM
Southwell 177 SM
Spohr 133 CM
St. Agnes 104 CM
St. Andrew 105 CM
St. Anne 106 CM
St. Asaph 156 DCM
St. Bernard 107 CM
St. Botolph 108 CM
St. Bride 171 SM
St. Cecilia 182 66 66
St. Columba 109 CM
St. David 110 CM
St. Etheldreda 111 CM
St. Flavian 112 CM
St. Fulbert 113 CM
St. Gregory 114 CM
Name Melody Number Metre
St. James 115 CM
St. John 188 66 66 88
St. Kilda 116 CM
St. Lawrence 117 CM
St. Leonard 118 CM
St. Magnus 119 CM
St. Mary 120 CM
St. Matthew 157 DCM
St. Matthias 121 CM
St. Minver 122 CM
St. Neot 123 CM
St. Olave 172 SM
St. Paul 124 CM
St. Peter 125 CM
St. Stephen 126 CM
St. Thomas 127 CM
Stockton 134 CM
Stornoway 135 CM
Stracathro 136 CM
Stroudwater 137 CM
Swabia 178 SM
Tallis 138 CM
Tallis’ Cannon 15 LM
Tiverton 139 CM
Torwood 140 CM
Uffingham 16 LM
University 141 CM
Walsall 142 CM
Walton 17 LM
Wareham 18 LM
Warrington 19 LM
Warwick 143 CM
Westminster 144 CM
Wetherby 145 CM
Weymouth 158 DCM
Wigtown 146 CM
Wiltshire 147 CM
Winchester 148 CM
York 149 CM
Zurich 179 SM