Violin by William Ferguson, Edinburgh, circa 1810

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Violin by William Ferguson, Edinburgh, circa 1810

About William Ferguson

William Ferguson is one of the finest makers of the Edinburgh school. He was born in the city in 1769 and most likely learnt his craft with John Blair. Ferguson set up his own workshop on St Mary's Wynd in 1809. This street no longer exists but was replaced with present-day St Mary's Street.

Ferguson was working in Edinburgh during what was very much a 'golden age' of making in the city: alongside Ferguson, Matthew Hardie, his son Thomas, David Stirrat and John Blair were producing very fine instruments in the classical Italian style. Each of these makers worked on an interpretation of the long-pattern Stradivari model which we first see in Matthew Hardie's work. Ferguson's instruments are extremely rare but are important as examples of this pivotal time in Scottish violin making history.

About this violin

This violin was made in Edinburgh circa 1810 and is a very fine example of the maker's work. The model is typical of Edinburgh work of the period, being closely related to Matthew Hardie's interpretation of Stradivari's long-pattern.

The violin has a two piece back of attractively-flamed maple with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of fine-grained spruce and the varnish is golden-yellow in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 364 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a phenomenal sounding instrument. Effortlessly projecting, resonant and colourful, I find myself choosing this violin over and over again when I feel the need to practice! The sound is complex and rich, making this instrument an endlessly interesting partner.


The violin is in very good restored condition and retains its original neck. The neck has been adjusted in order to meet modern proportions.


The violin comes with the 2023 certificate of David Rattray.

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