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dufton Scott (jpg)Dufton Scott (1880-1944) was born at Forgue in Aberdeenshire in 1880 and started his working life as an ironmonger in nearby Huntly, and soon afterwards in Aberdeen itself. His ambition to become a professional entertainer led him to join George Walker's touring party, performing his own monolgues in a broad mid-Aberdeenshire accent. In these tours he often performed on the same bill as the fiddlers James Scott Skinner and Mackenzie Murdoch.

By the First World War, Dufton's popularity was widespread in his native Scotland, and he was encouraged to publish a collection of his monologues, Dufton Scott's Sketches which was reprinted several times, even into the 1950s. With the arrival of radio in the 1920s, Dufton Scott quickly became a favourite, hosting such programmes as An Evenin' in the Grieve's Hoose, where his "Braid Scots Stories" would be interspersed with music and song from singers such as John Strachan and Tom Morrison, the latter with whom he collaborated on many musical and dramatic productions on stage, record and radio (in 1921 Scott and Morrison appeared in Mains's Wooin', a comedy drama written by Gavin Greig - more info). on.

As a result of the radio exposure, Scott recorded many of his monologues on 78rpm (see discography below) on the Columbia and Beltona labels. As well as his entertainment career, Scott owned a stationery shop in Inverurie, where he had settled after getting married in 1911.


Dufton Scott Material

This list of Dufton Scott's monologues is compiled from the sources listed below. I would be very interested to hear of any other material relating to Dufton Scott (email me).

KEY
Code Description
78 78rpm records in my collection
cDS Cassette, Dufton Scott, Stories In Braid Scots Sleepytown Records, n.d. (c2001). Digitally remastered from original 78s.
cAB Cassette, Robbie Shepherd reads Dufton Scott Aberdeen City Libraries, 1990. Modern entertainer reads Scott's monologues.
bSK Book, Dufton Scott's Scots Stories and Sketches (Inverurie 1953)
aBCi Article, Beltona Records Catalogue (Photocopy of catalogue from 1941)
lMM Letter from Margaret Minter (Daughter of Tom Morrison, mentioned above)
lNW Letter from Nan Warren, Sept 2003 (Great grand-daughter of Dufton Scott's sister)


TITLE CODE
Jock at the Theatre Columbia 4287
(Dufton Scott)
78  
Erchie Fleeman's Coortship Columbia 4532
(Dufton Scott)
78   bSK
Lawyer and Client Columbia 4532
(Dufton Scott)
78   bSK
A Presentation at Dubbies parts 1 & 2
Columbia 4673 (Dufton Scott)
78   bSK
Gee Up Donal'
Beltona 1393 (Dufton Scott)
78   cDS   aBCi
The Old Bellman
Beltona 1393 (Dufton Scott)
78   cDS   cAB   bSK   aBCi
Hugh McCurry's Marriage parts 1 & 2
(Dufton Scott)
cDS   cAB   bSK   aBCi
The Postie
cDS
Geordie Broon on Fermers
(Dufton Scott)
78   cDS   aBCi
Selling Sewing Machines
(Dufton Scott)
cDS   cAB   bSK   aBCi
Country Geordie
cDS
Rob and the Registrar parts 1 & 2
(Dufton Scott)
cDS   bSK   aBCi
The Railway Porter
cDS
The Rural Referee
(Dufton Scott)
78   cDS   bSK   aBCi
The Singing Lesson parts 1 & 2
(Dufton Scott)
cDS   bSK
An Auction Sale
(Dufton Scott) (aka The Auctioneer)
78   cAB   bSK   aBCi
The Auctioneer
(Dufton Scott) (aka An Auction Sale)
78   cAB   bSK   aBCi
My Communicative Friend
(Dufton Scott)
cAB   bSK   aBCi
A Rural Drive
(Dufton Scott)
cAB   bSK
Out of his Element
(Dufton Scott)
78   cAB   bSK   aBCi
Sandy On Sousa
(Dufton Scott)
cAB   bSK
Examination of a Witness
(Dufton Scott)
78   cAB   bSK   aBCi
Drama In a Barn
cAB
Affectation
(Dufton Scott)
bSK   aBCi
Market Adventures
(Dufton Scott)
bSK   aBCi
Flappers the Mesmerist
(Dufton Scott)
bSK
The Knapmill Debating Society
(Dufton Scott)
bSK   aBCi
The Roadman
(Dufton Scott)
bSK
A Tug o' War
(Dufton Scott)
bSK   aBCi
Sandy At the Band Concert
aBCi
Mrs Macfarlane's Shopping
aBCi
Tam Todd and the Umbrella
aBCi
Tam Todd and his Neighbours
lMM   lNW
The Dear Lammie
lMM   lNW
Two Cat Stories
lMM   lNW
Mason's Words
(with Alistair Fraser)
lMM   lNW

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