Farewell to Scotland
Illustrated by “Last of the Clan” by Faed. John Imlach (1799-1846) was a fore-bear of one of the most popular singers and entertainers in the Scottish Folk Revival, the late Hamish Imlach. He was born in Aberdeen, seventh successive son of a country innkeeper, whose family had been farmers for many generations in the parish of Fyvie. He became a skilled piano tuner who worked for six months each year in London and then the next six months travelling around Scotland. There was hardly a town between Edinburgh and Inverness, where he did not have a circle of friends. In 1845, he travelled to visit two of his brothers in Nova Scotia and then moved on to Jamaica. He contracted a tropical disease and died in Jamaica in January 1846.
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