Seasoning instruction sheet

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from David Glen and Sons, Edinburgh, c. 1900

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Seasoning instruction sheet

Small square sheet of paper of instructions in the form of a letter for seasoning bagpipes, manuscript, signed 'D. Glen and Sons' and stamped on the front 'David Glen & Sons / 8. Greenside Place / Edinburgh'. Date c. 1900. The writer advises on the mixture for seasoning the sheepskin bag of a set of Highland bagpipes. He mentions the ingredients pure lard and resin in equal quantities, melted until they come to the boil and allowed to cool. He describes how to pour the mixture into the bag and to rub it in to make the bag supple and airtight. He also advises on the advantage of adding a small piece of Archangel Tar to the mixture. He concludes 'we have it in tins all ready for use if you don't manage'. The letter was included in a case for a set of Union bagpipes (H.1995.795.1) that belonged to William Mackie.

David Glen (1850-1911) was the son of Alexander Glen, Bagpipe Maker and Music Publisher. He succeeded his father in business in 1873 with premises in Greenside Place, Edinburgh, the firm became David Glen and Sons when he was joined by his sons, Alexander and David, and it closed in 1949 and was incorporated into J & R Glen. Between 1876 and 1911 David Glen published a remarkable series of works for the bagpipes including a major piobaireachd collection with historical notes contributed by the Gaelic scholar, Henry Whyte, a substantial Highland bagpipe tutor and a collection of Irish music. His most important and lasting contribution was a major collection of Highland bagpipe music of 1,100 tunes published in 17 parts up to 1900.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-841-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2002.1367.9 (1)
Date: c.1900 (date of manufacture)
Material: Paper and ink
Dimensions: 142 mm L x 130 mm W
Who: David Glen and Sons (retailer)
William Mackie (owner of case)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh, Greenside Place (place of retail)
Description: Seasoning instruction sheet printed with ink on paper.
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