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Fraser, Marjory Kennedy-, 1857-1930 (singer, pianist, folk-song collector and arranger)



  • Existence: 1857-1930

Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, singer, pianist, folk-song collector and arranger, was born in 1857. She was the daughter of singer David Kennedy (1825-1886). Her series of works The songs of the Hebrides published variously between 1909 and 1922 remain a useful resource for both Gaelic and English speakers. She collected songs chiefly in the Western Isles. Aware that the material collected would, in the concert performance, lose something of the original essence, she provided the songs with sensitive accompaniment. For service rendered to the cause of music in Scotland, an honorary degree of Doctor of Music was conferred on her in 1928. Marjory Kennedy-Fraser had also been awarded the C.B.E. She died on 22 November 1930.

Found in 60 Collections and/or Records:

Book, medals, and printed ephemera relating to Helen Patuffa Hood and Marjory Kennedy Fraser

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1592
Identifier: Coll-1978
Content Description This collection includes a printed book with two enclosures, printed ephemera, and two medals related to harpist Helen Patuffa Hood and her mother Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, Scottish musician and folk-song collector. The printed book is a signed copy of The Road to the Isles (Edinburgh: Robert Grant & Son, 1927) by Kenneth Macleod given by the author himself to Patuffa as...

Box Gen. 282, c 1855-1930

Scope and Contents Marjory Kennedy-Fraser arrangements for piano, printed.Two arrangements, manuscripts.Various Scots tunes, piano duets, etc.Various music collections, Part 1 & 2.Kerr’s Collection of Merry Melodies, for the violin. Consisting of Scotch and Irish Reels and Jigs, Highland Schottisches, Country Dances, Hornpipes, Clog Dances, Waltzes, Polkas, & c., in...

Bundles of miscellaneous music sheets, c 1900-1930

Scope and Contents Bundles of miscellaneous music sheets – several of them appear to have been used in performances, in no particular order, several annotations and alterations by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, also some text sheets; several recital programmes and publicity leaflets for Marjory Kennedy-Fraser music and recitals.

‘Burns as a Scots Folksong Collector’, 10 December 1910-20 January 1911

Scope and Contents ‘Burns as a Scots Folksong Collector’. Burns lecture by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, [20 January 1911], filed together with ‘Scottish National Song Society [...] Lecture by Mrs Kennedy-Fraser on Burns as a Scots Folk-Song Collector’, Edinburgh, 20 January 1911, leaflet, multiple copies, lecture text often on reverses of discarded letters etc., including stencilled letter from James Kyd, Edinburgh District Board of Lunacy, Edinburgh, 9 December 1910, ‘To the Town Clerk,...

Four bundles of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser arrs. [arrangements] of songs, Part 1, 2, 3, & 4, c 1900-1946

Scope and Contents Four bundles of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser arrs. [arrangements] of songs, Part 1, 2, 3, & 4. Sheets prepared for engraving by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, music and text sheets generally held together song by song, in no particular order, manuscripts, including songs from the different Songs of the Hebrides, vols., some Scots songs, some arrangements for voice and harp (piano), marked as arranged by Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser, but mainly in Marjory...

‘Hebridean Airs, Piano’, c 1900-1920

Scope and Contents ‘Hebridean Airs, Piano’. Miscellaneous music sheets, in no particular order, including some corrected proofs from the different Songs of the Hebrides vols. Copies of some of the separately published Hebridean songs. Two pinned-together arrangements for piano by Marjory Kennedy Fraser: ‘Mull Fisher’s Love Song’, ‘Milking...

‘Hebridean’, Part 1 & 2, c 1910-c 1930

Scope and Contents ‘Hebridean’, Part 1 & 2. Mainly printed music, some with pencilled in or attached alterations for harp. Part 1. Part 2. ‘Broken copies’. Various notes, some on reverses of leaflets etc., including. ‘Mrs KennedyFraser [...] Gives Lessons in Pianoforte Tone Production, Technique, and Interpretation at her residence 95-a George Street, Edinburgh, and also visits...

‘Kennedy-Fraser MSS. [manuscripts], D. 18377 [E60/25]’, c 1909-c 1911

Scope and Contents ‘Kennedy-Fraser MSS. [manuscripts], D. 18377 [E60/25]’. Note on Patrick Macdonald’s collection, manuscript. Miscellaneous Songs of the Hebrides arrangements, mainly for voice and harp, several incomplete, manuscripts. Numerous music notation sheets, mainly in pencil, some in ink, presumably Marjory Kennedy-Fraser’s original...

Kenneth Macleod, manuscripts and letters, 23 December 1912-6 February 1928

Scope and Contents Kenneth Macleod, manuscripts and letters. ‘K. [Kenneth] Macleod. Tales & Songs’, [binder] containing various manuscripts, mainly by Kenneth Macleod, some notes by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser. Proofs and manuscripts of Sea Tangle, mainly by Kenneth Macleod, some by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser. Envelope, marked ‘Manuscripts mostly K. M. Kenneth Macleod’, containing...