Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland. James, born 1846, died 1937, was a Scottish Fiddler and Composer. Three generations of his family were at the centre of musical life in the Dunkeld district. An earlier James Macintosh, born 1791, died 1876, was one of Niel Gow’s last pupils, he was a fiddler with The Reel Players, later the Julian Band, in Edinburgh and died there. His brother Charles born 1797, died 1867, was a weaver like his father, he may have learnt the fiddle from Neil Gow, or possibly Peter Hardie, a fiddler in Niel’s band. His two sons, Charles and James, both talented musicians, spent most of their lives in the district; Charles who was a cellist and also a talented naturalist, came to the attention of Beatrix Potter; James was a talented photographer as well as a fiddler. He was 86 when his little collection was published and his photographs can be studied in the town. Blog post of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.
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