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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 59 Collections and/or Records:

Miscellaneous working material, Part 1, 2, 3, & 4, 26 January 1907-1925

Scope and Contents Miscellaneous working material, Part 1, 2, 3, & 4. ‘My first Heb. [Hebridean] Lecture’, also marked ‘Pan-Celtic’, lecture, [1907], manuscript. ‘Tonality’, lecture, [30 March 1910], manuscript. ‘“Monster” Scribbling Book’, notepad, 22 x 14 cm, marked ‘E61/19’, including various notes, manuscript. Several loose pages, in no...
Dates: 26 January 1907-1925

Mss. [Manuscripts] vol. 4, c 1900-1930

Scope and Contents

Mss. [Manuscripts] vol. 4. Contents and introduction, arrangements of songs, also: ‘Simplified accs. Vol IV, M.S.S. by M.K.F. [Marjory Kennedy Fraser], also solo pianoforte arrs [arrangements] ditto’.

Dates: c 1900-1930

Music Fragments & Various, c 1900-1925

Scope and Contents Music Fragments & Various. Several loose sheets of different sizes and types: parts of songs (music and/or verses), various working material, notes possibly of comments used between songs at recitals. Letter from Kenneth Macleod, Colonsay, Xmas Eve [24 December] 1918. Letter from J. Wilson, London, 7 July 1915, marked D.8835/44 (...
Dates: c 1900-1925

Music note book, late 19th-early 20th century

Scope and Contents

Music note book. Hardbound, red, paginated, 31 x 25 x 4 cm, 380 pages, manuscript, with handwritten tunes and words, mainly by Marjory-Kennedy Fraser, some by Kenneth Macleod.

Dates: late 19th-early 20th century

Music: printed or mss. [manuscripts], various items, c 1910-1920

Scope and Contents Music: printed or mss. [manuscripts], various items. ‘Marjory and Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser with Margaret Kennedy and Hugh Mackay (Arts League of Service), Songs of the Hebrides, Edinburgh Recital, 19th February, Usher Hall, London Recital 24th February, Queen’s Hall’, programme, no year. ‘Songs of the Hebrides’, leaflet, multiple copies,...
Dates: c 1910-1920

Notebook: ‘Trios etc.', c 1900-1930

Scope and Contents Notebook: ‘Trios etc’. Softbound, black, 16.5x19.5 cm, 46 (44+2) pages, stamped ‘T. Claxton, Music Dealer, 197 Yonge St., Toronto’, manuscript, contains several songs arranged by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, including 31 arrangements for three female voices (‘Fear a’ bhàta’, ‘Mo nìghean donn bhoidheach’ ‘Blackie?’, ‘Fionn airìdh’, ‘Gu ma slan a chi mi’, ‘Mairì Laghach’ ‘my own words’, ‘Maighdeann Mhuìle’, ‘Mo run geal dìleas’, ‘Moladh na Landaibh’, ‘Is toigh leam ’a...
Dates: c 1900-1930

Notes and programmes, c 1903-1917

Scope and Contents Notes and programmes. ‘Songs I propose singing at St. Andrews’, five groups of songs, Monday to Friday, listed, undated, manuscript. ‘The chief purpose of our meeting tonight [...]’, notes for [WFL] [Women's Freedom League] suffrage meeting, [16 February 1909], manuscript. ‘The Meeting’, notes, [after November 1917], manuscript. ‘Greenock...
Dates: c 1903-1917

Papers of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser

Identifier: Coll-1036
Scope and Contents The content of the Papers at shelfmark Gen. 273-286 include a manuscript volume of Gaelic songs, manuscripts and proofs of The songs of the Hebrides, papers relating to The Seal Woman, proofs of Life of Song, and newspaper cuttings. Correspondence at shelfmark Gen. 519-520 includes letters from various members of the Kennedy family in Italy to the family at home, 1879-1880, letters to...
Dates: 1879-1930

Piano arrangements by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, c 1890-1930

Scope and Contents Piano arrangements by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser. ‘Two Jacobite Airs: I. Jacobite Boat Song, II. Jacobite March, for the piano by Marjory KennedyFraser’. ‘Scotish [sic] Airs, Arranged as Pianoforte Duets by Marjory Kennedy’, with different, later attached title page (on reverse of ‘Mrs Kennedy-Fraser, Teacher of Voice Production and Singing’, undated, leaflet) – ‘Scots...
Dates: c 1890-1930

Printed Hebridean music, c 1908-1930

Scope and Contents

Printed Hebridean music. Mainly Marjory Kennedy-Fraser’s own publications, including reused proof sheets and pages cut out from larger collections.

Dates: c 1908-1930