Can you shed light on Jimmy Shand music books mystery?

The late Sir Jimmy Shand

The late Sir Jimmy Shand

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Hogmanay is one of the times when you are likely to hear traditional Scottish music so it is a fitting time for an appeal to help solve a musical mystery with a Brechin connection.

The internationally renowned musician, band leader and accordian player Sir Jimmy Shand amassed a large collection of Scottish music books during his life.

Sir Jimmy Shand amassed a collection of Scottish music books during his life. The collection is now owned by Wighton Heritage Centre, based in Dundee Central Library. Among the collection are four handwritten manuscripts with a Brechin area connection. An appeal has been launched for any information that could shed light on the pieces.

Sir Jimmy Shand amassed a collection of Scottish music books during his life. The collection is now owned by Wighton Heritage Centre, based in Dundee Central Library. Among the collection are four handwritten manuscripts with a Brechin area connection. An appeal has been launched for any information that could shed light on the pieces.

When he died the collection was bought by Wighton Heritage Centre, based in Dundee Central Library.

Included in the collection are four carefully handwritten manuscripts which have a connection with Brechin.

However, the trail ran cold in discovering who the original owners were.

So the centre has launched an appeal in the hopes of shedding light on the mystery.

The first book is named Robert Scott, Pittendreich, and is dated March 12, 1813. It also has another inscription to David Smart, Inver Cottage, Brechin, 1890.

The second book has the name Jess Grant impressed on its leather outer cover.

More information is available about the third book, which is inscribed Miss Christina Gibb, Maulesden, Brechin, 1836.

Maulesden House was demolished in the late 20th century; it was opposite the site now occupied by Brechin Castle Centre.

The fourth manuscript belonged to the Hollingworth brothers and has the handwritten inscription, Southesk Orchestral Band, Brechin, 1st Violin Music Book.

It is handwritten with Scottish and Irish tunes and selections from HMS Pinafore.

“If any of the known details ring a bell or spark a memory, no matter how distant, please get in touch and add life to the musical heritage of Brechin,” said Steve Nicoll, of Wighton Heritage Centre.

A fundraising project is under way to have the collection properly conserved before it goes on display.

The project is headed up by Sheena Wellington, the centre’s honorary librarian.

If you can help solve the mystery, please contact Steve on 01356 623256 or email steveknicoll@fsmail.net – and remember to let us know too!