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 Malcolm Hugh Gillis

Malcolm Hugh Gillis

Birth
Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 29 Sep 1929 (aged 73)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Burial Margaree, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Memorial ID 22965554 · View Source
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Composer, poet, teacher. He lived with his family at SouthWest Margaree, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was known as The Bard of Margaree for his many musical compositions and poems. Malcolm was born at SouthWest Margaree of Scottish ancestry, and died on the farm on which he was born in his 73rd year. He fathered 17 children and was married twice. In 1978 a cairn was erected at the foot of the Gillis family farm paying tribute to his life. Two Canadian musical artists are currently performing two of his most famous compositions. They are Nighean Donn A'Chuil Reidh (Brown Haired Maiden of The Smooth Tresses) and Bal Na H-Aibhne Deas (Ball at Southwest Margaree). He was proficient playing the bagpipes, piano/organ, but is most noted for his playing of the violin. Alexander MacLaren & Sons, Glasgow, Scotland published a book of his work ‘Smeorach Nan Cnoc's Nan Gleann' in 1939. A new book ‘The Songster of the Hills and the Glens' was published in 2004 that contains additional works and family history not included in the original 1939 book. In 1978 on a BBC broadcast program of Cape Breton Culture, Professor Norman MacDonald of Celtic Studies at the University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia noted that, "Gillis deserves wider recognition as by far the best nature poet writing anywhere in Gaelic between 1830 and 1930." He is the father of Decca recording artist Alex Gillis of Alex Gillis and the Inverness Serenaders, who played on WHDH Radio Boston, Ma about 1938.


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  • Created by: Shawn Lawrence Gillis Gearin
  • Added: 18 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22965554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Malcolm Hugh Gillis (5 Sep 1856–29 Sep 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22965554, citing Saint Josephs Cemetery, Margaree, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada ; Maintained by Shawn Lawrence Gillis Gearin (contributor 46940459) .