Highland bagpipe chanter

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by Peter Henderson, Glasgow, c. 1885

Postcard of Highland bagpipe chanter.
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Highland bagpipe chanter

Highland bagpipe chanter by Peter Henderson of Glasgow, c. 1885. African blackwood mounted with ivory bulb between the neck and the tenon and with ivory sole; marked 'P. HENDERSON / GLASGOW' on the neck. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

Peter Henderson (1851-1903) came from Inverkeithing though his family was originally from Latheronwheel in Caithness. He took over the bagpipe-making shop in Glasgow of Robert MacKinnon who had earlier taken over the premises of Donald Macphee. Henderson had set up business in 1868, was himself a very good piper and became Pipe Major of the Glasgow Volunteers. His bagpipes have always had a very high reputation.

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: 000-000-579-962-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.754
Date: c.1885 (date of manufacture)
Material: African blackwood and ivory
Dimensions: 362 mm L
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Peter Henderson (manufacturer)
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Where: Scotland, Glasgow (place of manufacture)
Description: African blackwood and ivory mounted Highland bagpipe chanter.
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