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Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 2 of 4
JSS0502
Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 2 of 4 Page 2 of 4, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher. Diagram demonstrating how to hold the instrument. This accordion is much simpler and smaller than modern instruments. The players' fingers operated a series of key-like levers to play the notes.
 Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 3 of 4
JSS0503
Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 3 of 4 Page 3 of 4, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher. Diagram illustrating scales in relation to the accordion keys. 'Every key' of the 'French' accordion 'produces two notes, one by opening, the other by closing the Bellows. This mark [a thin white rectangle] shows that the Bellows should be drawn out, and this [a thin black rectangle] that it must be pressed in.'
Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 4 of 4
JSS0504
Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 4 of 4 Page 4 of 4, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher. Diagram demonstrating different views of the instrument. It is seen being played when one is standing, as fingered by the left hand, and when played lying on the knee.
Letter to PJ Anderson from William Walker
JSS0505
Letter to PJ Anderson from William Walker Letter from William Walker to P. J. Anderson, Librarian, King's College, Aberdeen (now part of the University). 16 May 1918. William Walker, a pawnbroker by profession, was a bibliophile and collector. His correspondents included Harvard Professor Francis James Child (1825-1896), collector and scholar of traditional ballads (many Scottish). The letter concerns a manuscript collection of fiddle music from Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, given to Gavin Greig, the Aberdeenshire teacher who arranged some of Skinner's Harp and Claymore music.
Page 1 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker
JSS0506
Page 1 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker Crichton letter page 1 of 4, dated 22/8/18. Mary Ann Crichton did research for William Walker (JSS0505). She also collected songs for the Greig-Duncan Collection of Traditional North-east Ballads, made by Gavin Greig (Skinner's arranger) and James Duncan. Mary Ann met a 'Miss Christie', and found out that her father, 'Dancie (dancing-master) Christie', had written the Monquhitter music manuscript (JSS0505). But Miss Christie was 'unwilling to divulge any information_ apparently thinking that his occupation reflected no credit on the family.'
Page 2 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker
JSS0507
Page 2 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker Crichton letter page 2 of 4. Mary Ann discovers that Miss Christie's (JSS0507) grandfather was 'William Christie (alias Dancie Christie)', and one of her uncles was 'Rev. William Christie_ Fochabers (Dean of Moray)'. (He also published two volumes of Traditional Ballad Airs.) Mary Ann also unearthed A Collection of Strathspey Reels, published by (Dancie) Christie', which belonged to 'Mr Will, Pitsligo' (see Mrs Will, JSS0153, JSS0641).
Page 3 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker
JSS0508
Page 3 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker Crichton letter, page 3 of 4. She discusses a question about a curious Christie collection of 'Poems'. Could they be by Dancie Christie? (JSS0505). Although not included in this letter, the poems were by James Christie, a gamekeeper probably related to Dancie Christie.
Page 4 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker
JSS0509
Page 4 of 4, Letter from M A Crichton to William Walker Crichton letter, page 4 of 4. General comments, and a reference to Walker's own ballad research: 'And so you have persisted in going on with your ballads. It must be a relief to know that you have gone over (edited/revised) the whole lot - rather a stiff piece of work.'
Page 1 of 2, Letter from William Walker to P J Anderson
JSS0510
Page 1 of 2, Letter from William Walker to P J Anderson Letter from William Walker to P. J. Anderson, Librarian, King's College, Aberdeen, 9 September 1918. A discussion about the William (Dancie) Christie MS. Walker clears up an earlier confusion of a James Christie who wrote 'Poems' (JSS0508) with Dancie Christie. He relates details from the Crichton letter (JSS0506/507/508/509), and informs Anderson that the music manuscript (JSS0505) 'was given to (Gavin) Greig by Miss Christie, the Garmond, Monquhitter, a grand-daughter of William, alias 'Dancie' Christie. - You will note what is said about the reluctance to say anything about the old Dancing master, which our investigator met, not an uncommon phase of... (continued on JSS0511)
Page 2 of 2, Letter from William Walker to P J Anderson
JSS0511
Page 2 of 2, Letter from William Walker to P J Anderson (continued from JSS0510)...would-be gentility in relation to its ancestry! However, Miss Imlay remembers the old man, and gives his name as 'William' - I have asked Mr Will, per Miss C(hristie), to send me a book of 'Dancie's' printed collection. You should now delete my pencilled note inside the boards (the covers), or substitute 'William' for 'James'....

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