The Vandeleur Bequest to the Royal Irish Academy of Music

The Vandeleur bequest of 1879, presented by John Ormsby Vandeleur was to be invested and applied to the provision of scholarships at the academy and the purchase of musical instruments.

According to Senan Scanlan: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/don_tran/fam_his/vandeleurs/references_1.htm

A set of pipes was specially made for Col. Vandeleur, who was noted for his musical evenings in Kilrush: and Ormsby Vandeleur bequeathed a Stradivarius violin, a Margine violin and £4,000 to the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). The RIAM had an annual piano, organ and violin competition for the Vandeleur Scholarship.

Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland: thirty-seventh annual report (1882)

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Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland: thirty-seventh annual report (1882)

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The bequest was mentioned in various newspapers in the 1880s:

1886

1888

1889 (1)

Aiken, (Mary) Maud

Aiken, (Mary) Maud (1898–1978), musician, was born 13 August 1898 in Dublin, younger of two daughters of John J. Davin, grocer and alderman, and Mary Davin (née O’Gara). In 1914 she entered the Royal Irish Academy of Music and was awarded the Coulson scholarship (1914), the Coulson academy scholarship (1915), and the Vandeleur academy scholarship for violin (1916). A distinguished musician, she won many prizes, and the Order of Merit was conferred on her by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1971. She died 10 July 1978 in a car crash and is buried in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin.

(Above excerpt from Mary Aiken’s entry in the Dictionary of Irish Biography by Helen Andrews).

 

Photograph of Sinead de Valera and Maud Aiken, following Maud Aiken’s award ceremony as fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

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(Photo Credit: UCD Digital Library: http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ivrla:31165)

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