Charles Bayne, Teacher of Dancing, Dundee


I came across this interesting stone on a visit to the Howff in Dundee yesterday evening. I wondered if Mr Bayne played the fiddle – I bet he did. No doubt someone has looked into him already but I would guess that he was of fairly high status given the quality of the stone and its location. He was active around 1800. Lets see what I can find…

Here is a little more and some nice images from the Howff web site.

and here he is in a local directory for 1809:

Bayne 1809

The 1818 Dundee Directory also has him as based in Overgate n (north?)

The Scottish Music Index lists “B6 Bayne, Charles, Composer, Dancing Teacher, Dundee. Series of sets of Dance Tunes, sheet music (1802-1819)” and:


Teacher of Dancing, Dundee. Composer; publications (sheet music):(1) “The following tunes are most respectfuly dedicated to Maj. Gen. McDonald by [C.B]” (1802) [MH.e.9] (2) “Five new tunes composed by [C.B]” [AUL/NLS:MH.e.10] (3) “Five tunes composed by…[C.B.]” (1815) [Glen 348(7)] (4) “Six Fav. Scottish Dances…” (1819) [MH.e.8] (The “MH” shelfmarks are all NLS).
The SMI has links to the items including listings of each tune but I have not looked.

The Wighton Collection database is broken at present but the temporary system offers:

ID: 427 Call Number 10438
Composer: BAYNE, Charles
Title: Five new tunes
Imprint: Edinburgh: printed for the author, n.d. [1805]
Notes:… Clova by her most obedient and most humble servant Charles Bayne, teacher of dancing Dundee.” Comprises: The Hon[oura]ble. Mrs. Ogilvy’ …

ID: 428 Call Number 10438
Composer: BAYNE, Charles
Title: Four new tunes
Imprint: Edinburgh: printed for the author n.d. [1805]
Notes:… ght Infantry (or Carse of Gowrie) Volunteers, by…Charles Bayne, teacher of dancing Dundee.” Comprises: The Hon[oura]ble. L[ieutenan]t …

In January 1998 ‘Betty” posted this request for information:
“I am researching my g.g.grandfather Charles Bayne, a Dancing Master in
Dundee, Scotland in the early part of the 1800’s. I have seen some of his
notices he had inserted in the local Dundee paper, saying that he was
starting up his dancing classes again, after a “successful time in London,
where he was under the tuition of a great master of Dancing.”  The last
record I have of him is  in 1818 when his name was listed in the Dundee
Directory for that year, living at Overgate, Dundee. His youngest daughter,
Jessie married in London to William Nichols in January 1842, where  the
Marriage Certificate shows her father Charles Bayne a Dancing Master, but
does not show him as deceased.  I cannot find any record of his death in
Scotland or in England,or where he lived when in London, has anyone any
suggestions as to how I can trace his death details?”

So, from a chance encounter in a gloomy graveyard I know know a little more about another interesting character in Scottish musical history. Anyone know more?