Reconstruction of a Breughal-type doedelzak bagpipe

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by Jacques Laudy, Brussels, c. 1960s

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Reconstruction of a Breughal-type doedelzak bagpipe

Reconstruction of a Breughal-type Doedelzak bagpipe by Jacques Laudy, Brussels, c. 1960s. It consists of a leather bag, three stocks, chanter with reed and two drones turned from a light hardwood. The eight finger holes are burnt out, reputedly with a poker, and it is decorated at the neck with two flower motifs and 'L' and above the sound holes with five flower motifs and possibly the word 'PIPO'. It is mounted in a common stock with a thistle and 'AR' from Archie Rowan carved on the front face. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

John and Robert Glen were the proprietors of a bagpipe-making and musical instrument repair business in Edinburgh in the late 19th century. The business was founded in 1827 in the Cowgate, moving later to North Bank Street, Edinburgh, by their father, Thomas McBean Glen (1804-1873), who in 1833 described himself in the business directories of the city as 'pipe and flute maker'. His sons, John (1833-1904) and Robert (1835-1911), took over the business in 1866. In 1911, the premises moved to 497 Lawnmarket where it survived as 'J & R Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers' until 1978.

This piece comes from the Glen and Ross Collection of musical instruments which were preserved in the shop of 'J & R Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers' until it closed about 1978. This was the business founded in 1827 by Thomas McBean Glen in the Cowgate in Edinburgh, dealing in and repairing musical instruments. His brother, Alexander Glen, specialized in bagpipe-making and was succeeded by his son David. Thomas' sons, John and Robert Glen, succeeding to the business in 1866, probably did most to collect instruments and their antiquarian interests were carried on by Andrew Ross who acquired the business from the Glens in 1947. The National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland purchased the bagpipe collections from the family in 1983.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-856-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2002.1735
Date: c.1960s (date of manufacture)
Material: Light hardwood and leather
Dimensions: Over all 350 mm x 250 mm approx.; base drone 475 mm L; tenor drone 475 mm L; chanter 458 mm L
What: Doedelzak bagpipe
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Archie Rowan (owner)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
Jacques Laudy (manufacturer)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers (manufacturers and collectors of musical instruments)
Where: Belgium, Brussels (place of manufacture)
Description: Reconstruction of a doedelzak bagpipe with a leather bag, three stocks, chanter with reed and two wooden drones.
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