The Grays of Aberdeen and composer Robert Carver’s family relations

Musician and researcher D. James Ross has published a short paper about his investigations into the nebulous but fascinating Gray family in Aberdeen in the later fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

A member of the family was Robert Kervour (Carver), Scotland’s most outstanding Renaissance composer. He is also the man who, as heir to the chaplain Andrew Gray who died in 1504, was to be given possession of Gray’s still for aquavite and rosewater (see the blog post and news item from 2019).

The new paper, entitled “Shifting Shades of Gray: A Musical Dynasty in Mediaeval Aberdeen”, appears on the Early Music Review website. It makes use of the Aberdeen Registers Online.

D. James Ross is the author of a number of works including Musick Fyne: Robert Carver and the Art of Music in Renaissance Scotland (1993).

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