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Marjory Kennedy Fraser, 1857 - 1930. Musician and collector of Hebridean songs

Marjory Kennedy-Fraser was brought up on Scottish folk songs. As a child she accompanied her father, David Kennedy, on his singing tours at home and abroad, playing the piano while he sang. Sharing a deep interest in the Celtic Revival, she became a close friend of the artist, John Duncan. He persuaded her to visit Eriskay in 1905 where she began to record, and then publish, the disappearing Gaelic songs and music of the Hebrides. Duncan has painted his friend against the landscape of Eriskay.

Credit: Presented by Mrs A.W. Dawson 1975


about 1922
Oil on canvas
61.0 x 50.8cm
PG 2304
Image and text © National Galleries of Scotland, 2021