Friday, 31 May 2013

Two New Imaginary Friends

A colleague approached me to help research a couple of obscure composers with anniversaries coming up.  Lamond and D'Albert were both "modern" by comparison with my own Scottish Victorians, but they're certainly deserving of research.  I'm looking forward to finding out more about them - I'll be heading for my old biographical dictionary sources at work next week!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Reconstructed Bookshelves

Remember I wrote an article about Callander's Proposals to write a history of Scottish music? 
Craigforth, Stirling - once the Callander family ancestral halls
Washed and ironed and revised from top to toe, it has just gone off on its travels again.  I wait agog to hear how it fares.

Callander's ghost, grumpy old curmudgeon that he is, pronounces himself satisfied.  He didn't like me hunting him down in Edinburgh, but concedes that I've done a fair job of describing his approach to writing a music history!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Distant Relatives

I have to confess I'm not as enamoured of LinkedIn as I am with Twitter or Blogger.  I'm a great enthusiast of social media, but some unnerving messages spooked me a bit, a couple of years ago, and I've been more wary since then.

However, I'm becoming more convinced of LinkedIn's value, since making contact with the descendents of one of "my" Scottish antiquarians.

This is the third family I've made contact with, as it happens.  The first was via a genealogy website, and the second through archival contacts.  Strange to think that twenty years ago, we weren't even on the internet!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Alexander Boswell - Epistle to the Edinburgh Reviewers

Nowadays, we get rightfully annoyed when women's scholarship is treated differently to men's, but 210 years ago was a different story! Just look at poet Alexander Boswell of Auchinleck's advice to critics! I'm sharing two pages of his poem with you.  ('Epistle to the Edinburgh Reviewers', Edinburgh, 1803, via

Alexander Boswell was the son of James Boswell, biographer and travelling companion of Samuel Johnson.