Greig, Gavin

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Greig, Gavin Gender: M
born on 10 February 1856 at 02:28 (= 02:28 AM )
Place Aberdeen, Scotland, 57n10, 2w04
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gerard
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 20°36' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°44 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 24°34'


Scottish folksong collector, playwright and teacher.

He edited James Scott Skinner's biggest collection of music, "The Harp & Claymore Collection," providing harmonies for Skinner's compositions, and he was jointly responsible for compiling The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, with the Rev J. B. Duncan (1848–1917). A selection from this collection of over 3000 songs and tunes was published in 1925. Two volumes were published in 1981-1982, but the full collection, in eight volumes, was only finally published between 1981 and 2002.

He is also noted as the playwright of the Doric play "Mains Wooin'," which experienced great popularity in the North East of Scotland before World War II.

Greig was related to poet Robert Burns on his mother's side and to Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg on his father's side.

He died on 3l August 1914.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file quotes Caroline Gerard: data from birth certificate.


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music (Folksong collector)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script