Bagpipe chanter for a set of Uilleann pipes

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by George Glen, Edinburgh, early 20th century

Postcard of Bagpipe chanter for a set of Uilleann pipes.
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Bagpipe chanter for a set of Uilleann pipes

Bagpipe chanter for the Uilleann pipes by George Glen of Edinburgh. Early 20th century. Two raised mountes for three keys turned and shaped but not cut. Made of African blackwood mounted with an ivory bulb below the tenon; marked 'GEO GLEN'; ferrule missing from tenon on the end of the chanter or never fitted. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

John and Robert Glen were the proprietors of a bagpipe-making and musical instrument repair business in Edinburgh in the late 19th century. The business was founded in 1827 in the Cowgate, moving later to North Bank Street, Edinburgh, by their father, Thomas McBean Glen (1804-1873), who in 1833 described himself in the business directories of the city as 'pipe and flute maker'. His sons, John (1833-1904) and Robert (1835-1911), took over the business in 1866. In 1911, the premises moved to 497 Lawnmarket where it survived as 'J & R Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers' until 1978.

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: 000-000-579-939-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2003.733
Date: Early 20th century (date of manufacture)
Material: African blackwood and ivory
Dimensions: 380 mm L; conical bore expanding to 11.5 mm approx
What: Bagpipe chanter for Uilleann pipes
Who: Andrew Ross (successor to John and Robert Glen)
George Glen (manufacturer)
Glen and Ross Collection (musical instrument collection)
John and Robert Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers
Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh (place of display)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh (place of manufacture)
Description: Bagpipe chanter for Uilleann pipes made of African blackwood mounted with an ivory bulb.
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