Collector and arranger of Gaelic songs
Marjory Kennedy was the daughter of the well-known singer David
Kennedy who died in while on tour in Ontario, Canada in 1886. Herself
a singer, she took a keen interest in the songs of the Hebrides, where
she recorded them and noted them down from the declining island populations.
She later arranged them for voice and piano (sometimes
for harp or clàrsach for her daughter Patuffa) and published
them with the words translated by the Rev. Kenneth MacLeod. "Songs
of the Hebrides" appeared in three volumes between 1909 and 1921
with a fourth volume, "From the Hebrides", a few years later.
In 1928 the University awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of
and in 1930 she presented to the University Library her archive of
song, including her original wax cylinders of recordings which have
been re-recorded on tape for the Sound Archives of the School of