Fiddle case belonging to Niel Gow

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Fiddle case belonging to Niel Gow

This fiddle case is said to have belonged to Niel Gow, a fiddler and composer of traditional Scottish dance music in the 18th century.

The case is made of wood covered with cow hide.

Niel Gow, 1727-1807, performed widely for the upper classes of society through his patron, the Duke of Atholl. Gow was a gifted fiddler who did much to preserve and promote traditional Scottish music through publishing music with his son Nathaniel.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-898-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LT 51
Date: 1727 - 1807
18th century
Material: Wood, brown hide
Dimensions: 127 mm H x 774 mm L x 241 mm W (max)
What: Case, fiddle
Subject: Musical instruments (NMAS Classification)
Who: Niel Gow (musician)
Description: Fiddle case of wood covered with brown hide, said to have belonged to Niel Gow
  • Johnson, David C. Scottish fiddle music in the 18th century: a music collection and historical study. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, 1984
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