Biography:Robert Baillie

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Robert Baillie

 Given name:     Robert
 Middle name:     
 Family name:     Baillie
 Place of birth:     Penicuick, Scotland
 Place of death:     
 Year of birth:     1852
 Year of death:     
 Profile:     Composer, Musician
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Biographical notes

Robert Bailie, Penicuick, Scotland, was the grandson of mason Peter "Pate" Baillie (1774-1841), a famous fiddler-composer who lived in Loanhead, Midlothian. Robert Bailie's father was also named Robert (1811-1880) and was a fiddler of mediocre ability who made several violins. Robert (b. 1852) the younger, however, had considerable skill and style, despite being self-taught from childhood. It was said that he could have taken first violin in any orchestra, however, he was a blacksmith by trade. He supplemented this by teaching violin and was the conductor of "a very good quadrille band which plays with much acceptance, but he has abandoned the old strathspeys." It was Robert the younger who contributed compositions to Laybourn's Köhler’s collections.