William Duff – Atholl Man

William Duff Atholl Man

William Duff Atholl Man - Ghillie, Gardener, Fiddler, Flyfisher, Violin Maker

Willie Duff Born 1810 - Died 1892 Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland.

Willie Duff was a notable ghillie, gardener and estate worker at the Blair Atholl Estate and amateur maker of violins, known locally as ‘Bearded Willie’. He was a large man of 6' 3" in his bonnet adorned with a Lorne brooch. A multi talented he worked Atholl estate of the 5th Duke and known for being an excellent fishermen, game keeper and friend of Queen Victoria. For a time and lived in Loch Ordie Lodge on the estate.

Willie Duff Violin Maker

They said of his violins. He was large man whose work is very coarse. Stainer model, usually painted purfling, made in primitive style with ‘through’ neck, rather than a separate interior top block. Yellow spirit varnish. He also made and rehaired bows using hair from horses in the Estate’s stables.

William Duff - Ghillie, Atholl Man

Willie Duff

6 Responses

  1. Victoria Duff MacDonald
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    So excited to see these photos of our great Uncle Willie. I hope that it’s okay to share some of them on Facebook, giving credit to you, of course!

  2. Sandy Carlson
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    This is a lovely article and amazing pictures. Thank you for putting this together and sharing.

  3. Gina Le Faux
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    Nice to see some photos of my ancestor Willie Duff. I keep the tradition alive, I’m a fiddle player, fly fisher and former flyfishing guide and AAPGAI trained casting instructor (I qualified on the river Tay) and I make violins and bows. My late grandfather was a fiddle player in his younger days, I wonder how many other Duff family members were fiddlers?

    • House of Labhran
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      If we find any more information or images over time we will add them to the blog.
      Willie Duff - Atholl Man

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