Biography:Archibald Morrison

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Archibald Morrison

 Given name:     Archibald
 Middle name:     
 Family name:     Morrison
 Place of birth:     Falkirk
 Place of death:     Glasgow
 Year of birth:     1820
 Year of death:     1895
 Profile:     Composer, Musician
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Biographical notes

Archibald Morrison (1820-1895) was a Falkirk-born musician and violin-maker who resided and worked in Glasgow where he established his own shop in 1865. According to Honeyman, "There is a long story about how he acquired an old violin from Spain for 16s which turned out to be a real Stradivari, which he sold for 3 pounds. About the year 1836, Morison began to make violin but did not take it seriously till the late 50's. In 1860 he worked for John Alexander Mann in Glasgow. His earliest violins are of the Amati and Stradivari models, his later ones are of the Joseph Guarnaeri model. From about 1865, he worked as a violin maker and repairer in Glasgow. His violin may be classed as good average work, not artistic in the highest sense but excellent for the production of a strong tone, and bring from 5 to 10 pounds. Morrison was a capital strathspey and reel player..." His shop was a rendezvous of fiddle enthusiasts, who were known about Glasgow as "Morrison's Band."