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Papers of Francis Montgomery Collinson

Identifier: Coll-90

Scope and Contents

The papers of Francis Montgomery Collinson consist of songs, correspondence, and notebooks.


  • Creation: 20th century

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Biographical / Historical

Musicologist and composer Francis Montgomery Collinson was born in 1895. He was educated at Daniel Stewarts College (now Stewart's Daniel & Melville College). He studied Music at Edinburgh University, and was awarded the degree of Mus.B in 1923. Earlier, he had served in the First World War. While at Edinburgh, Collinson was Conductor of the Yahoo Orchestra. Later, he would make a major contribution to Scottish traditional music, his compositions consisting largely of vocal arrangements of Scots songs. His publications includeThe traditional and national music of Scotland(1966),The bagpipe(1975), and the three volumeHebridean folksongs(1969, 1977, 1981). Collinson died in 1985.


3 boxes

Physical Location

MSS 2589-2591

Other Finding Aids

An important finding aid is the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives. Additions to the typed slips in sheaf binders were made until 1987.

Papers of Francis Montgomery Collinson (1898-1985)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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