Town Drummers


Tony Barton has recently turned up the attached picture of Pierson la Hues, the Town Drummer of Antwerp 1581 which I forward to you here. I’ve attached my other pictures of 16th c. drummers – no provenances, I’m afraid though we could probably find out something about each of them with a little investigation.

James [Merryweather] – 1 January 2012.

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Artist: R Mabon. Subjects: Andrew Simpson (Drummer), James Livingstone (Piper) and Harry Barrie. Location of picture: East Lothian Museums Service.

“The portrait of James Livingstone, piper of Haddington seems to be the same man as the piper of Dalkeith Geordie Syme!” James [Merryweather] – 1 January 2012.


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