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Scholes, Percy Alfred (1877–1958), musical writer and encyclopaedist, was born at Headingley, Leeds, on 24 July 1877, the third child of Thomas Scholes, commercial agent, and his wife, Katharine Elizabeth Pugh. Ill health limited his attendance at school (he was a lifelong sufferer from severe bronchitis), but he gave much time to miscellaneous reading and the assiduous study of the elements of music. After a couple of years earning ...

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Percy Alfred Scholes (1877–1958) by Elliott & Fry, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London