- Jean Mary Allan
- and Emily Lyle
(b Parkhill, Aberdeenshire, Feb 10, 1856; d Whitehill, Aberdeenshire, Aug 31, 1914). Scottish folksong collector, author and composer. He took the MA at Aberdeen University in 1876 and became a teacher; in 1879 he was appointed headmaster of Whitehill School and he retained this position until his death. On his mother’s side he was related to James Burness, Robert Burns’s great-grandfather, and like Burns he was keenly interested in collecting folksongs. It is by his extensive work in this field that he is known. He had a sound knowledge of the theory and practice of music, being able to take down songs while they were being sung and to harmonize them. He made the fullest single statement of his findings in a substantial article ‘Folk Song in Buchan’; he also wrote a column called ‘Folk-Song of the North-East’ in the ...