Item T-MIN/39 - The Empire Calls: A Patriotic Song.

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GB 249 T-MIN/39


The Empire Calls: A Patriotic Song.


  • c. 1914 (Creation)

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1 songsheet

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Biographical history

James Parnie Dansken was born in 1876 in Partick, Glasgow. He was the son of John Dansken (1836-1905), surveyor and President of the West of Scotland Branch of the British Astronomical Society, who donated a 13-inch reflector and 4-inch refractor telescope to the Royal Technical College. James Parnie Dansken followed his father into the surveying profession, becoming a Fellow of the Faculty of Architects and Surveyors. On 6 May 1903, he was entered onto the Trades House of Glasgow Burgess Roll. James was a partner in the firm of John Dansken & Purdie, Measurers and Property Surveyors, Valuators & Assessors of Fire Losses, from which he retired in May 1933. He died in 1947, aged 70.

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(b 1861)

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William Arthur Macfarlane was born in 1861 in Rothesay. He and his brothers were partners in a wholesale manufacturers of enamelled stamped steel hollow-ware and enamelled advertising plates and had offices in Glasgow, London, Wolverhampton, Capetown, Sydney and Holland. He married Jessie Short Dansken in 1901 in Partick.

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This songsheet had been in the custody of James Parnie Dansken's descendants. His granddaughter, Margaret Holmes, gifted it to the Archives in 2009.

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Folio songsheet containing lyrics by William A. Macfarlane and music by J. Parnie Dansken (Glasgow : Duncan Campbell & Son, c 1914).

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  • English

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