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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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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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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 ...

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

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Goodman, James (1828–1896), Church of Ireland clergyman and music collector, was born on 22 September 1828 at Ballyameen, Dingle, co. Kerry, third of the nine children of Revd Thomas Chute Goodman (bap. 1793, d. 1864) and his wife, Mary, née Gorham, of ...

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Gould, Sabine Baring- (1834–1924), Church of England clergyman, author, and folksong collector, born at Dix's Field, Exeter, on 28 January 1834, was the eldest of the three sons and a daughter of Edward Baring-Gould, a captain in the armed forces of the East India Company...

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Sabine Baring- Gould (1834–1924) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Greig, Gavin (1856–1914), folksong collector and teacher, was born on 10 February 1856 in the North Lodge, Parkhill estate, near Dyce in Aberdeenshire, the fourth of five children of Gavin Greig (1822–1881), forester and land steward, and his wife, Mary (1815–1893), daughter of ...

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Herd, David (bap. 1732, d. 1810), song collector and editor, was born at Balmakelly in the parish of Marykirk in Kincardineshire, and baptized there on 23 October 1732, the son of John Herd, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret Low (1691–1751). Little is known of his education. He spent much of his career as a law clerk with ...

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Jamieson, Robert (1772?–1844), antiquary and ballad collector, was a native of Moray, and, after graduating from King's College, Aberdeen, in 1793, was appointed an assistant classical teacher at Macclesfield, Cheshire, in 1796. There he designed a collection of Scottish ballads and was engaged on it for several years after 1800, in ...

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MacDonald, Patrick (1729–1824), music collector and publisher, was born on 22 April 1729 in Durness manse, Durness, Sutherland, the eldest of four sons and seven daughters of the Revd Murdoch (Murdo) MacDonald (b. 1696) and his wife, Agnes Coupar (Cooper). Although a Presbyterian minister, ...

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MacKay, Angus (1813–1859), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was born on 10 September 1813, probably on the Isle of Raasay, Inverness-shire. He was the third of four piping sons of John MacKay of Raasay (1767–1848), the leading composer and teacher of his generation, and his wife, ...

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Angus MacKay (1813–1859) by William Wyld, c. 1852 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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MacLeod, Niel, of Gesto (c. 1754–1836), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was the only son, in a family of three children, of John MacLeod of Gesto, head of Clann mac mhic Thormoid (a cadet branch of the MacLeods of MacLeod), whose lands lay in ...

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Malchair, John [formerly Johann Baptist Malscher] (bap. 1730, d. 1812), folksong collector, was baptized as Johann Baptist Malscher on 15 January 1730 at Cologne, the son of a watchmaker. He was a chorister at Cologne Cathedral from 1744, moved to Nancy in 1750, and in 1754 came to ...

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Marshall, Julian (1836–1903), music and print collector and writer, was born at Headingley, near Leeds, on 24 June 1836, the youngest of the five children of John Marshall jun. (1797–1836), MP for Leeds from 1832 to 1835, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...