Low pitch bagpipe chanter

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Scottish, 20th century

Postcard of Low pitch bagpipe chanter.
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Low pitch bagpipe chanter

Low pitch bagpipe chanter, Scottish, 20th century. Made of stained hardwood, ivory mounted with a cork tenon. The bottom fingerhole is offset to the right; two sound holes are placed diametrically on the front of the chanter.

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: 000-000-579-893-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.697
Date: 20th century (date of manufacture)
Material: Hardwood, ivory and cork
Dimensions: 452 mm L
What: Bagpipe chanter
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Where: Scotland (place of manufacture)
Description: Bagpipe chanter made of stained hardwood mounted with ivory and having a cork tenon.
  • Cheape, Hugh,. A Checklist of Bagpipes in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. Edinburgh: Reid School of Music, 1983, p. 4.
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