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John McGregor Hastie

McGregor Hastie, John ~ notes from Jamie Scarlett.

"John McGregor Hastie had been a violinist with one of the BBC touring orchestras. When I met him he and his wife were living in dire poverty in very poor conditions in Birmingham. He was primarily a collector and had amassed a collection of 960 fragments, many of his own weaving, which he sold to the Society (Tartans Society). I was beginning to weave then, and I bought up the remnants of his yarn and wove more specimens to his instructions to keep him happy. I do not think he was particularly intellectual and he certainly got hot under the collar if argued with, but a collection like that, largely from rubbish bins of tartan merchants all over the country was of great value to later workers. Micheil MacDonald apparently said that he was made an honorary Chief of the Sioux tribe!"

The MacGregor-Hastie Collection, which is said to have formed the basis of the Tartans Society records, was though to have been sold in tot to the Society but . . . the Huntly House Museum in Edinburgh claimed in 2003 that it had inherited the whole of the Telford Dunbar Collection in the 1960s, part of which was 'a' MacGregor Hastie collection.

 





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