The Scotsman, 31 August, 1973
A pair of 12-bore sporting guns, by Boss & Co., realised £5400, and a set of Highland bagpipes, owned by Pipe Major John Grant of Edinburgh, together with manuscript pipe music by him went for £650.
The second part of the sale today consists of 172 pictures, 100 of which are by Scottish artists.
Unknown, 14 December, 1961
Bagpipe Music MSS. Fetch £250
Original manuscripts of bagpipe music by John Grant were sent to Christie’s presale yesterday from an unnamed source. The manuscripts formed the authors own complete collection of his works, many of which have previously been published in “Piobaireachd: Its Origin in Construction.”1
The manuscripts were illustrated throughout with water-colour drawings of Scottish castles and scenery. The collection was purchased by a London bookseller for £250.
The Edinburgh Evening News, 1 December, 1961
The Chatty Side of the News
A remarkable collection of 52 volumes of bagpipe music covering almost every aspect of the history and art of piping, is to be put up for sale at Christie’s, London, on December 13.
The collection is the complete life works of the late Mr. John M.1 Grant, recognized as one of the greatest authorities on pipers and bagpipe music. He belonged to Muir of Ord, Ross-shire2, but spent much of his life in Edinburgh, where his family still live.
Mr. Grant was an accomplished piper and had the distinction of being invited by the War Office to organize an Army school of piping during the First World War. He accepted a temporary post of instructor, but later returned to his composing a bagpipe music.
Major Spowers, of Christie’s, says this about the volumes: “It is a staggering collection of works for one man to have accomplished.”
1. Grant had no middle name
2. This is incorrect information
The Oban Times, 6 December, 1947
The Royal Wedding March
In accordance with ancient Scottish custom, a bagpipe tune entitled “Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding March” has been written to mark the occasion of the Princess’s recent wedding. She has been pleased to accept the tune which was presented in the form of a de-luxe M. S. bound in royal blue letter. The tune is a four-part March in two-four time with a fine swing and a lively air.
The author is Mr. John Grant who has by Royal Command of Their Majesties, received an invitation to a party at St. James Palace, to view the wedding gifts, which, in his own words “are really magnificent.”
This is the fourth Royal Wedding March which Mr. Grant has had the distinguished honour to compose.