Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday, 29 June 2015

Musical Relics of Georgian Glasgow

We've just catalogued a couple of very old bound volumes of music.  The original owner (or owners) bought a number of pieces of sheet music, and had them bound into big volumes.  How they came to our library is a mystery.  One has a very early shelf-mark, and is stamped "Royal Scottish Academy of Music" - strangely enough, the original cataloguer must have intended that it could be borrowed if desired!

The other has no library markings at all.  Both have a preponderance of Glasgow publishers' names, so it looks as though the original owner probably lived in the west of Scotland or Glasgow itself.

Curious to see where A. MacGoun and J. McFadyen's shops were (30 and 35 Miller Street, just about opposite one another), Karen headed off to Merchant City at lunchtime.  

The Regency buildings no longer exist at that part of the street, just off Argyle Street - instead, it's the back of Primark and T K Maxx.  What a disappointment!  (However, if you're a student living in Liberty House, you're just along from McFadyen's.  A local music shop would've been handy, wouldn't it?!)

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