Autograph scores, works and related papers of Hamish James MacCunn, 1868-1916, composer

Scope and Content

Autograph scores of works by Hamish MacCunn, with related papers. It includes the published vocal score of Jeanie Deans and the autograph score of Diarmid, the two operas by which he was best known during his life; over 50 published songs, part-songs and cantatas, and almost as many unpublished, as well as a small number of orchestral, chamber and piano pieces, about half of which are unpublished. The Library holds the published full score of probably the only work by which he is well-known today, the overture Land of the mountain and the flood (1887).

Administrative / Biographical History

Hamish James MacCunn was born in Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland in 1868 . He showed musical talent at an early age and when only 15 won a scholarship for composition to the Royal College of Music in London, England. Following his four years there, he taught privately and at the Royal Academy of Music, during which time he composed a large number of works. He died in 1916  .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Owned by the University of Glasgow


Acquisition Information

Gift : MacCunn family : 1950 : ACCN 4624

Purchased from Sotheby's support from the National Fund for Acquisitions: 2000 : ACCN 4750

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS MacCunn

A card catalogue of the collection is in the searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell,. Hub Project Archivist, 15 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by the family of Hamish MacCunn and presented to the University via H G Farmer and Dr C H F O'Brien, 1950 . Four scores purchased from Sotherby's.


None expected

Related Material

GB 247 MS Farmer: Includes c50 letters sent by Hamish MacCunn to Janey Drysdale, sister of the composer Learmont Drusdale

GB 247 MS Drysdale: Papers of George John Learmont Drysdale

Entries for printed material are available the main Glasgow University Library Catalogue .


Sheila M. Craik, 'Tunic-tinsel-toga: an exhibition to mark the centenary of Henry George Farmer, 1882-1965' College Courant (Glasgow), no. 70 (March 1983), pp 24-27

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