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Significant Scots
James Cuthbert Hadden

While browsing I came across James (Cuthbert) Hadden and was surprised at the amount of books he had written on great musicians - books for boys - short stories for the English Illustrated Magazine in the 1890s, and also about 100 articles on famous people to the Dictionary of National Biography. His book on Chopin of course involves Miss Stirling of Keir in Scotland, so I downloaded the whole book, but then extracted the Scottish visit pages as jpgs (then converted them the slow way via Word to a pdf) . I also downloaded all available books by Hadden from

I then decided to do Hadden's genealogy and lo and behold noticed that Wikipedia had errors in dating his birth and age on death because they had not used Scotlandspeople GRO website properly to get actual B/M/D images. Using the informants to Wiki and elsewhere only got approximations .... and others have copied these errors onto other sites. I have e-mailed Wki with info about their mistakes, but it remains to be seen if anything will happen.

At least we will have things accurate on ES with the images to prove my findings.

Hadden is a strong candidate for Significant Scot, even if he did die in Edinburgh in 1914 of alcoholism!

Have a look at what I have sent here as attachments and you'll see just how much I found out over two days hard researching J

And so here is the information John Henderson sent in to us for which many thanks...

Chopin Life Story (pdf)

Chopin in Scotland (pdf)

Chopin Music (1)

Beard or No Beard (pdf)

Mary Queen of Scots (pdf)

Chopin Music (2)

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