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Mary Garden (1874–1967) by unknown photographer, 1907 courtesy Everett Collection / Rex Features


Michael T. R. B. Turnbull

Garden, Mary (1874–1967), singer, was born at 35 Charlotte Street, Aberdeen, on 20 February 1874, the first of the four daughters of Robert Davidson Garden (b. 1851), cashier at the Blaikie ironworks, and his wife, Mary, née Joss (1852–1948), who had married a little over a month before their daughter's birth. Shortly afterwards the family moved to ...


Leslie, Charles [nicknamed Mussel-Mou'd Charlie] (1676/7–1782), ballad singer and songwriter, was reputed a natural son of Leslie of Pitcaple, which lies in the Garioch in Aberdeenshire. He was what contemporaries called a 'flying stationer', making his living by composing and arranging songs, often on political subjects, which he then had printed as pamphlets or chapbooks; these he performed and sold throughout his territory, which seems to have covered most of the east coast of ...