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Anderson, Thomas James [Tom] (1910–1991), fiddler and collector of traditional music, was born on 29 August 1910 in the isolated district of Eshaness in Shetland, the eldest of six children of James Anderson, fisherman–crofter, and his wife, Harriet Margaret, née Johnson. His grandfather and uncle taught him to play the fiddle when he was eight. He came under the influence of ...

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Bate, Philip Argall Turner (1909–1999), musicologist and collector of musical instruments, was born in Glasgow on 26 March 1909, the only child of English parents, Percy Herbert Bate (1868–1913), secretary to the Glasgow Museum of Arts, and Mary Turner (1872–1963). His father became curator of the ...

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858–1929) by unknown photographer, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buchan, Peter (1790–1854), folk-song collector, historian, and publisher, was born on 4 August 1790 at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Peter Buchan, a ships' pilot from Peterhead, and his wife, Janet Buchan of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire. On 20 June 1813 he married ...

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Bunting, Edward (1773–1843), collector of folk music, was born in February 1773 at Armagh, the youngest of the three children of a mining engineer at Dungannon colliery in Coalisland, co. Tyrone (originally from Shottle, Derbyshire), and his wife, Mary (née O'Quin)...

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John Gamble (d. 1687) by Thomas Cross, pubd 1656 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gamble, John (d. 1687), composer and musician, was born to parents who are unknown. According to Anthony Wood he was apprenticed to Ambrose Beeland (a court and theatre musician), afterwards becoming 'a musician belonging to a playhouse in London' (Ashbee and ...