Highland bagpipe chanter

< 117 of 190 > Back

by J.T. Forbes, Dundee, 20th century

Postcard of Highland bagpipe chanter.
© National Museums Scotland

Highland bagpipe chanter

Highland bagpipe chanter by J.T. Forbes of Dundee, 20th century. African blackwood; marked 'J.T. FORBES / DUNDEE'; ivory sole broken, and lower section of chanter wall missing. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

The firm of J T Forbes made Highland bagpipes in Dundee from 1880 until the 1940s. In the 1930s they had premises at 44 King's Road, Dundee. Latterly their products and sets of pipes were made by another firm, Thow of Dundee. A set of their Highland bagpipes is in the Balfour Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

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.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-000-579-970-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.763
Date: 20th century (date of manufacture)
Material: African blackwood and ivory
Dimensions: 361 mm L
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
J.T. Forbes (manufacturer)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Where: Scotland, Dundee (place of manufacture)
Description: African blackwood and ivory mounted Highland bagpipe chanter.
Related Records:
< 117 of 190 > Back
Powered by Scran