In 2011 a revision of the Interim List of Organs in Scotland (1985) and Organs in Edinburgh (1991), both by David Stewart, was started. This task, it was thought, would take about a year. Only recently was an end in sight, and even that is partly since it became clear that, unless a deadline was set, the task would never be finished.
So a broad, not entirely inflexible, deadline of 2017 has been set, and we think that there is scope for another hard copy of the combined book. Eventually, once more information is forthcoming as a result of the publication, it may be prudent to put the lists online.
It is estimated that the new book will contain roughly double the number of entries of the 1985 contents, and there will also be some extra entries for Edinburgh, especially from the 18th century. It will thus purport to be the nearest thing to a complete list of all the pipe organs which have ever existed in Scotland, and their various movements round the country.
Now, to anticipate your first question, much of the information is not already on the National Pipe Organ Register! To correct everything on the NPOR would have added another few years to the date of publication of the revised list. However, much information has been gleaned from the NPOR, the British Organ Archive, the missing organ notebooks of A.M. Coutts (1873-1936), the notes of Dr. Jim Inglis (1934-2011), individual church websites, Session and Board records, organists, organ builders - notably Mr. James Mackenzie of Glasgow, histories of individual churches and many church office bearers.
The book will not just contain dry lists of data, but will also be illustrated, plus an article on Scottish organ history and a full survey of sources.
We would be glad to show anyone individual entries for particular churches, towns and other locations, if they would like to check the detail, thus making the published list more accurate.
This 38-page booklet by Donald Maclagan traces the history of the Metrical Psalms in Scotland from 1546 to the present day and was published in 2016 to support the refurbishment of the organ of Kingussie Parish Church that was completed in 2016 by Walcker Orgelbau of Ludwigsburg, Germany. Built in 1925 by Evans & Barr of Belfast, this historic organ is one of only two instruments by this builder remaining in Scotland.
Copies are available from the author priced £5.00 + £1.20 post and packing. Please send your details with a cheque for £6.20 to:
Donald Maclagan, 1 Victoria Court, 72 High Street, Kingussie, PH21 1HZ.
Alternatively, you may place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and paying £6.20 per copy by PayPal to email@example.com
The booklet is also available on eBay - search for Metrical Psalms and you will find it easily!
VACANCY - Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish Charity Number SC00785
We invite applications for the post of organist at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18 West Mayfield , Edinburgh to take effect from 1 July 2017.
We are looking for a suitably qualified person to play the organ and the piano at our services and Thursday evening choir rehearsals and to work with our Choirmaster in developing the musical offering in our church.
We have a volunteer Church choir supported by a chamber group of six professional singers who also sing as a unit. We are hoping to nurture a children’s choir. Our Church has a healthy interest in music, as witness our very successful Festival of Sacred Music over 2015-16, which we are keen to build on.
Our principal organ is a three manual Allen digital organ and we also have a Lammermuir Chamber pipe organ which is regularly played.
The successful applicant will be subject to enhanced disclosure procedure.
Remuneration is negotiable and further details are available from:
Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
18 West Mayfield
Edinburgh EH9 1TQ
Church office: 0131 667 1522
Closing date for applications: 1700hrs 15 May 2017