Highland bagpipe chanter

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by Henry Starck, Drummond Crescent, London, c. 1890

Postcard of Highland bagpipe chanter.
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Highland bagpipe chanter

Highland bagpipe chanter by Henry Starck, 31 Drummond Crescent, London, c. 1890. African blackwood; neck marked with a crown and 'MAKERS / HENRY STARCK / LONDON / NW1'; sole piece missing. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

The firm of Henry Starck, Musical Wind Instrument and Bagpipe Maker, making Highland and Irish bagpipes, was founded in London in 1876. He went into a partnership with William Ross (1815-1891), Queen Victoria's Piper from 1854 and began making bagpipes, and Ross's name appeared on Starck's early work. Henry Starck introduced a new bagpipe about 1906 with a keyed chanter and bass, baritone and tenor drones set in a common stock. He took out a series of Patents between about 1906 and 1910 for 'Irish System' and 'Scottish System' War Pipes. The firm closed down in 1962.

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: 000-000-579-964-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.756
Date: c.1890 (date of manufacture)
Material: African blackwood
Dimensions: 363 mm L
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
Henry Starck (manufacturer)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Where: England, London, Drummond Crescent (place of manufacture)
Description: African blackwood Highland bagpipe chanter.
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