Person:Roderick McKenzie (4)

Roderick Colin McKenzie
m. 10 JUN 1853
  1. Finlay McKenzie1846 -
  2. John McKenzie1854 -
  3. Euphemia Jane McKenzie1856 -
  4. Mary McKenzie1858 -
  5. Roderick Colin McKenzie1861 - 1937
  6. David Hook McKenzie1864 - 1924
  7. Mary Ross McKenzie1867 -
  8. Grace McKenzie1867 -
  9. Margaret McKenzie1869 -
  1. George F. McKenzie
Facts and Events
Name[1] Roderick Colin McKenzie
Gender Male
Birth[2] 15 SEP 1861 21 Heriot Building, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Other? 1881 Lived at 270 Leith WalkFact 3
Other? 1881 teacherEmployed as a Violinist Fact 1
Reference Number 5832
Agnes Peters
Other? 1937 Lived at 26 Comely Bank, EdinburghFact 4
Death[3] 15 JUL 1937 Comely Bank, Edinburgh
Reference Number? 252
Other? Lived at 270 Leith WalkFact 5
Other? Middle name is ColinFact 2

Edinburgh Newspaper - 1937

"Mr. Colin McKenzie - Death of Well-Known Edinburgh Musician"

"Mr. Colin McKnezie, who was well known as a violinist in Edinburgh for a long period of years, died yesterday at his residence, 26 Comely Bank, Edinburgh. Mr. McKenzie who was in his 76th year, was born in Edinburgh.

As a young man, Mr. McKenzie was a first rate viola player, and he studied in Frankfurt under Professor Hugo Heerman, where one of his colleagues was the late Mr. A. Scott Jupp, also a well-known Edinburgh musician, and later in Manchester, under Willy Hess. Subsequently he became familiar to the musical public in Edinburgh as a violin soloist, and he gave a great amount of his time and enery to the work of the Edinburgh String Quartet, of which he was the founder.

Mr. McKenzie was instrumental in introducing to Edinburgh many hitherto unknown musical works. He was a member of the Reid Orchestra and frequently contributed to the programmes of the B.B.C. His work as a interpreter of viola music was widely appreciated.

As a teacher of the violin, he was widely known and respected. For twenty-six years he taught the violin at Fettes College and at a number of leading Edinburgh schools.

He frequently acted as an examiner in violin and the periodical examinations for musical diplomas.

Mr. McKenzie was one of the best known members of the Scottish Arts Club, where he was a familiar figure. He sustained a considerable shock in the death at Oxford a few weeks ago of his sone, who was an authority on a number of classical and ancient Asiatic languages, and who for some time had been engaged on erudite works of this nature."

Feb 29/08

From Myra Wright

Also we were doing some research on Colim Mackenzie and we found that the school in Frankfurt where Colin studied was a very famous conservatoire, with students from all europe and north america. Many famous composers, musicians and conductors have been associated with it. The chap who probably was the head when colin was there was professor hugo heerman who is listed as the owner of many stradivarius violins and he later toured the usa and canada in the early 20th century giving recitals.

The next bit we discovered was the obituary notice for colin appearing in the same issue of the new york music magazine which had the obituary for george gershwin. Quite an accolade that

August 1937 THE MUSICAL TIlWES -obituary I COLIN MCKENZIE Edinburgh violinist and viola player, at the age of seventy-five. For twenty-six years he taught the violin at Fettes College. He was a member of the Reid Orchestra and founded the Edinburgh String Quartet.

  1. Birth Registration.
  2. Registration of Birth, Pg. 245 #734.

    _FOOT: Registration of Birth, Pg. 245 #734. Born on Great Junction St.

  3. Newspaper article 1937.