The Glen Family

The long tradition of bagpipe making under the Glen family names seems to have begun with the sons of John Glen (born July 29, 1755).  John and wife Betty moved the family to the Cowgate in Edinburgh in the very early 1800's.  Here the boys learned various trades and skills of commerce. 

In the Beginning...

George Glen - born March 13 1790.
He was described in old records as an auctioneer, appraiser, haberdasher, broker, cabinet maker, and musical instrument maker.  Little is known of his work however his bagpipes do surface from time-to-time.

The Glen Bagpipe Businesses
Thomas Glen
Bagpipe Maker
May 4, 1804 - July 12, 1873
1827 - 250 Cowgate, Edinburgh
1828 - 337 Cowgate, Edinburgh
1829 - 265 Cowgate, Edinburgh
1838 - 2 North Bank Street, Edinburgh
J & R Glen - 1866
Thomas' sons:
John Glen

June 13, 1833 - Nov. 29, 1904
Robert Glen
Jan. 13, 1835 - Oct. 21, 1911
J & R Glen - 1911
John's son
Thomas Glen

Aug. 5, 1867 - Aug. 21, 1951
Thomas owned and operated
J & R Glen until his
retirement in 1940. 

Thomas' brother, Robert
worked with him until his death in 1940.

Alexander Glen
brother to Thomas Glen
Aug. 19, 1801 - March 14, 1873


Alexander Glen Bagpipe Maker
1842 - 250 Cowgate, Edinburgh
1845 - 30 West Register St., Edinburgh
1847 - 30 St. Andrews St., Edinburgh
1872 - 16 Carlton Hill (Alexander's home)
David Glen
Alexander's son.
April 3, 1853 - June 25, 1916
 
He opened
David Glen, Bagpipe Maker
in 1873
8 Greenside Place, Edinburgh

David Glen & Sons - 1912
David, Sr. with sons:

1) Alexander (Sandy)
Dec. 31, 1877 - Feb, 4, 1951
2) David

Dec. 1, 1883 - Apr. 5, 1958






David Glen & Sons - 1916
David Jr. assisted by his
brother, Alexander.


David Jr.retired in 1949 and sold the remaining
stock to J & R Glen.

J & R Glen - 1940
Andrew Ross, employed by J & R Glen
since 1911 managed the business

from 1940 until 1954, when he became the
proprietor.  He continued until 1978, when
Gordon Stobo took over. 

The business closed in the early 1980's after 150 years.

Andrew Ross in spring 1976 turning
Andrew Ross ran the business from 1951 to 1954, when under the terms of an agreement he inherited J & R Glen Bagpipes.  Andrew died in 1979 and the Glen business closed shortly thereafter.
Thomas MacBean Glen born May 4, 1804. 

He was also a furniture broker and musical instrument maker.  His son's John and Robert, took over his business which became J & R Glen Bagpipes.
J&R Glen, 497 Lawnmarket, spring 1976
Glen Shop
Robert Glen
Robert Glen
John Glen
John Glen
Andrew Ross 2 Andrew Ross 3
Andrew Ross 2 Andrew Ross 3
Andrew Ross 4 Andrew Ross 5
Andrew Ross 4 Andrew Ross 5
Andrew Ross 6
Andrew Ross 6
Andrew Ross 9
Andrew Ross 9
Andrew Ross 7 Andrew Ross 8
Andrew Ross 7 Andrew Ross 8
Andrew Ross 1
Andrew Ross 1
David Glen 2 David Glen 3
David Glen 2 David Glen 3
Thomas MacBean Glen
Thomas MacBean Glen
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