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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.

  1. 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 indicated by the inscription on the title page: "Kenneth Macleod, Michaelmas 1927 - Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser: "Bu bhriagh a sheinneadh i cruit. 'S gu'm b' fhearr na Sheinneadh, a beus"". This can be translated as “Beautiful her music on the harp; Beautifuller than her music, her goodness.” It is a quote by Kenneth Macleod which is printed in the introduction to Songs of the Hebrides. Enclosed in this volume were a postcard showing a man sitting in an office, signed "To Patuffa, with the affectionate regard of Charles Roche", and a letter from "M. G. Pettigrew" dated 26 June 1946, sent from Iona to "Dear Mrs Hood".
  2. Small number of pamphlets and leaflets related to the work of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and her daughter Patuffa: an advert for the new edition of Songs of the Hebrides", c 1931; an issue of The Common Good magazine with an article on Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, February 1928; an advert for a recital of "Songs of the Hebrides" by Marjory & Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser, assisted by Margaret Kennedy, Wednesday 12 November c 1924; a black-and-white picture of Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser standing bare feet in the wood, dressed in a loose-fitting archaic robe, with the note "Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser, from Alice Boughton with the best of wishes"; a programme for a recital of "Songs of the Hebrides" at Tempest Anderson Hall, 21 March 1925; and two pamphlets with the Gaelic words of "Songs of the Hebrides" for voice and Celtic harp by Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser.
  3. Two medals from the Royal Academy of Music in their original boxes, awarded to Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in 1889 for Harmony and Singing. There is also a small tubular silver item in one of the boxes.


  • Creation: 1889; 1925-1928; 1946

Language of Materials

English, with some Scottish Gaelic in two pamphlets.

Condition Description

Some yellowing and slight soiling, but otherwise good.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 volume

1 folder

2 medals (In their respective boxes.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2018. Accession no SC-Acc-2020-0026.

Related Materials

Also within Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, are other similar or related materials with association to Helen Patuffa Hood and Marjory Kennedy-Fraser:

  1. Coll-1036 - Papers and correspondence of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser.
  2. Coll-1393 - Music manuscripts, artwork and photographs relating to Helen Patuffa Hood.
  3. Coll-1407 - Material relating to Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and Helen Patuffa Hood.
  4. Coll-1433 - Correspondence relating to Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, A. Y. Fraser, and others.
  5. Coll-1558 - Letters of Henry Holiday to Helen Patuffa Hood.

Condition Description

Some yellowing and slight soiling, but otherwise good.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in August 2020.

Book, medals, and printed ephemera relating to Helen Patuffa Hood and Marjory Kennedy Fraser, 1889-1946
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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