|Joseph Ritson at work|
You can read his Scotish Songs (yes, that's correct) online on Google Books if you don’t have access to the originals:-
- Scotish Songs: Volume 1 - an 1869 reprint, Full view
- Scotish Songs: Volume 2 - digitised original, Full view
- Modern reprints in the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
- 'Antiquarianism versus creativity in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scottish song', in Eighteenth Century Scotland 24 (Spring 2010), pp.7-12
- 'From ‘Anti-Scot', to ‘Anti-Scottish Sentiment': Cultural Nationalism and Scottish Song in the Late Eighteenth to Nineteenth Centuries', in Library and Information History, Vol. 26 No. 4, December, 2010, 272–88
- ‘1810-1825: From antiquarian to creative artist, as exemplified by Scottish song collectors’, paper delivered at Oran 2010/2010 Sang: an International Conference on Gaelic and Scots Song, (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye).
- Search Copac to find Ritson’s output in British academic and national libraries http://copac.ac.uk/
- Ritson worked with Tyneside composer William Shield, whom you can read about in Oxford Music Online http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/ (you need to be a subscriber; affiliated with a subscribing institution; or have access to a public library which subscribes)
- Read a basic biography of Ritson on Wikipedia.