December 1849: ‘Songs of Scotland’ – Thomas Munro Hunter’s First Appearance in Glasgow, at the Trades’ Hall, Glassford Street

On Monday the 17th of December, 1849, The Glasgow Herald commented on page two:


Songs of Scotland. – We see, by an advertisement in today’s paper, that Mr. T. M. Hunter, who has been highly spoken of by several of the Edinburgh papers, is to give an entertainment after the manner of Messrs. Templeton and Wilson, in the Trades’ Hall, this evening. Mr. Hunter is, we understand, a new candidate for public favour; we trust his first appearance in our city may be satisfactory as well to himself as to the public.”


An advertisement on page three of the 17th’s Herald, informed readers that Mr. Hunter would “sing some of the most admired Songs and Ballads of Burns, Scott, Tannahill, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Boswell, Gray, and other well-known Authors.” He was accompanied by Mr. Bayne, on the piano-forte. Tickets and programmes were available at the principal music shops, and at the Hall on the evening of the concert.


Thomas Munro Hunter is listed in David Baptie’s Musical Scotland, 1894, on pages 85 to 86.



George Fairfull-Smith, April 2020.