Bagpipe chanter with double bore for the Uilleann pipes

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by Robert Scott, London, c. 1825

Postcard of Bagpipe chanter with double bore for the Uilleann pipes.
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Bagpipe chanter with double bore for the Uilleann pipes

Bagpipe chanter with double bore for the Uilleann pipes, by Robert Scott of London, c. 1825. Six fingerholes, 1 thumbhole. Four closed square flat brass keys with bevelled edges, marked respectively F, G, A and B; the chanter has a brass open standing key for the lowest fingerhole covering a hole underneath the touchpiece. Boxwood, stained and polished; marked 'SCOTT' twice and also 'PATENTEE' with a coat of arms. The posterior bore has previously been blocked off to sound only when one key is touched. A ferrule is missing from the foot of the chanter.

Robert Scott of London also made double flageolets of similar construction with parallel bores drilled in a single piece of wood. This chanter is effectively a 'double chanter' for the bagpipes. The conical bore is duplicated within the body of the chanter and in this instance the chanter can be made to sound chords with itself.

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: 000-000-579-936-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.730 (1)
Date: c.1825 (date of manufacture)
Material: Stained and polished boxwood and brass
Dimensions: 377 mm L
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Robert Scott (manufacturer)
Where: England, London (place of manufacture)
Description: Stained and polished boxwood and brass bagpipe chanter with double bore for the Uilleann pipes.
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