CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3173
TitleGavin Greig, ballad collector: notebooks and music manuscripts
Date1877 - 1927
Extent4 boxes: 1.32 linear metres
Administrative HistoryFlorence Elizabeth Watt was the youngest daughter of Edith and Arthur Barron. Edith Barron was the daughter of Gavin Greig.

Gavin Greig (1856-1914), folksong collector, was born in 1856 and was schoolmaster at Whitehill, New Deer, Aberdeenshire. From 1903 he collaborated with James Bruce Duncan (1848-1917) in the recording of the extensive collection of folksong and ballad manuscripts which was subsequently deposited in Aberdeen University Library. He died in 1914, and in the same year a collection of his articles published in the Buchan Observer was printed in booklet form under the title ‘Folk Song of the North-East’.
SourceMrs Watt, the youngest daughter of Edith and Arthur Barron, inherited from her mother a collection of notebooks and music manuscripts belonging to Gavin Greig. In 1984 these were deposited in Aberdeen University Library, through the agency of Dr I. Olson.
DescriptionPapers of Mrs Florence Elizabeth Watt concerning the folksong and ballad collections of her grandfather Gavin Greig (1877-1909 and undated). The collection includes many notebooks containing Greig's thoughts and opinions on various aspects of traditional Scottish music and sheet music for 'Main’s Wooin’' and 'Prince Charlie', among other pieces.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 2799, MS 3643 - Gavin Greig: 'Folksong of the North-East' (1914);
MS 3088 + MS 3124 - Arthur Argo papers (1900 - c. 1965)
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