Violin by George Mackay, Aberdeen, circa 1900

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Violin by George Mackay, Aberdeen, circa 1900

About George MacKay

George Sutherland Mackay was born in Inverness in 1850. His father, an Inverness merchant, had died the previous year and his mother relocated to Aberdeen with their six children shortly after George was born. Mackay was a violinist who gave his profession as teacher of music at the time of his wedding in 1877. Later records state his profession as music seller: he had premises on Aberdeen's Guild Street and business was evidently booming: by 1901 Mackay, his wife and their 9 children are living in an impressive town house at 39 Dee Street.

It is not clear where Mackay learned his craft: we know that he and John Marshall had business connections and so it's likely that this relationship included some instruction on violin making.

About the violin

This violin was made in Aberdeen circa 1900 and is built on a fairly personal model which references the instruments of the Amati family. The influence of John Marshall can be seen in the use of the classical model and golden varnish: this represents a move away from the more personal models of the earlier Aberdeen school.

The violin has a stunning one piece back of sugar maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of spruce, the grain widening towards the flanks. The varnish is golden brown in colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.

The violin has a length of back of 354 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a strong and bold character. It is full blooded across the 4 strings, with no drop of power as you climb into the higher positions. A fantastic violin all round!


The violin is in excellent condition.

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