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Blackhall, Andro (1535/6–1609), composer, is earliest known as a canon of the Augustinian abbey of Holyrood, Edinburgh. Following the dissolution of the monastery during the Scottish Reformation of 1559/60 he pursued a career in the reformed church as minister in the nearby churches of ...

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Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonar, Horatius (1808–1889), Free Church of Scotland minister and hymn writer, was born at Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the sixth son of James Bonar, the second solicitor of excise at Edinburgh, and his wife, Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), the daughter of ...

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Cameron, William [nicknamed Hawkie] (c. 1787–1851), pedlar and beggar, was probably born at St Ninians, Stirlingshire, the son of Dugald Cameron of Braemar, a mashman, and his wife, Janet Paterson. As members of the Burgher Secession church the family barely feature in parochial registers, so details of ...

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Jennett Humphreys

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Carrick, John Donald (1788–1837), songwriter and journalist, was born on 22 April 1788 at Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth Donald and William Carrick, a porter. His father was originally from Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire. He was put to work early in the office of a ...

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Clunie, John (c. 1757–1819), Church of Scotland minister and songwriter, was educated for the Church of Scotland and licensed by the presbytery of Edinburgh on 29 December 1784. He then became schoolmaster at Markinch, Fife, where possessing a fine voice and some musical skill he acted as precentor in the parish church. In 1790 he was presented by the ...

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J. C. Hadden

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Cousin [née Cundell], Anne Ross (1824–1906), poet and hymn writer, only child of David Ross Cundell, an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, and his wife, Ann, was born in Hull on 27 April 1824. Her family moved soon after to ...

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T. W. Bayne

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Dougall, Neil (1776–1862), poet and hymn writer, was born on 9 December 1776 at Greenock, the son of Neil Dougald and his wife, Jean Moir. His father was a joiner and sailor, who was pressed into the naval service and died in Ceylon...

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Drysdale, (George John) Learmont (1866–1909), composer, was born on 3 October 1866 at 37 George Street, Edinburgh, the youngest of the three children of Andrew Drysdale (1831–1918), builder, and his wife, Jane Elspeth Learmont (1827–1909), who was descended from the border poet Thomas the Rhymer...

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Dun, Finlay (1795–1853), composer and violinist, was born on or before 24 July 1795 in Aberdeen, the son of Barclay Dun (1771–1843/1844?), a dancing-master, and his wife, Helen (b. 1777), the daughter of John Duthie and his wife, Bathie. He was a nephew of ...

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Nathaniel Gow (1763–1831) by John Kay © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gow, Nathaniel (1763–1831), fiddler and composer, was born on 27 May 1763 at Inver, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, and baptized at Little Dunkeld two days later, the fourth of the five sons of Niel Gow (1727–1807) and his first wife, Margaret Wiseman. The date of his birth, which has often been given wrongly, is established by the baptismal register for ...

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Niel Gow (1727–1807) by Sir Henry Raeburn Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gow, Niel (1727–1807), fiddler and composer, was born at Inver, by Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 22 March 1727, the son of John Gow and his wife, Catherine McEwan. He married Margaret Wiseman presumably before 1759; they had five sons, including the fiddler Nathaniel Gow...

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J. C. Hadden

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Imlah, John (1799–1846), poet and songwriter, was born on 15 November 1799, in Aberdeen, the son of Peter Imlah, a stabler, and his wife, Elizabeth. On completing his education at Aberdeen grammar school, he was apprenticed to a local music-seller as a piano-tuner, and ultimately gained an appointment with the ...

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Kinloch, William (fl. 1582), composer, is of unknown parentage. Nothing certain is known of his life, although he has been plausibly identified as a musician within the circle of James Lauder, himself a musician in the service of Mary, queen of Scots, and later of ...

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MacKenzie, John Bàn (c. 1797–1864), piper and composer, was born at Achilty, near Strathpeffer, Ross-shire. One of a family of at least three sons and one daughter, he was probably the eldest son of William MacKenzie, farmer, and his wife, Mary MacKay. The births of the children were not registered. ...