Fife or small flute

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Fife or small flute

Silver-mounted fife or small flute of cocus wood, by Thomas M. Glen, North Bank Street, Edinburgh, c. 1840.

Thomas McBean Glen (1804-1873) was the founder of a notable firm of bagpipe makers in Edinburgh. He set up business as dealer, musical instrument and bagpipe repairer in the Cowgate in 1827. From 1833 he listed himself as 'pipe and flute maker' in the Edinburgh Directories, and made a range of woodwind instruments including flutes and clarinets. He is also credited with the invention of a type of Ophicleide. In 1836 he moved his premises to the more prestigious position of 2 North Bank Street and remained in business until 1866 when he was succeeded by his sons John and Robert. Many of his musical instrument products have survived including flutes, Highland bagpipes and small pipes. He also published a 'Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe'.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-750-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LT 91
Date: c.1840 (date of manufacture)
Who: Thomas McBean Glen (maker)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh, North Bank Street (place of manufacture)
Description: Fife or small flute.
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