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Miss Jessie Bryson of St Briavels Common.

Jessie Bryson

Miss Jessie Bryson

John wrote: "... This is a picture of Miss Jessie Bryson who lived on St Briavels Common until her death in1953. She came from a family of Liverpool cotton merchants and for many years was a Christian missionary in China. Her brother Ernest was a musician/composer. He sponsored the building of the organ in St Briavels church. I am enclosing a piece of his music which I was able to find on the internet. Additionally I found a letter sent by his sister Jessie to The Musical Times shortly after his death in order to re-unite all his lost manuscripts".

December 1942 The Musical Times

"The late Ernest Bryson: Missing Manuscripts"

"My late brother, Ernest Bryson composed many works which were admired by his friends".

"He generously lent his manuscripts to friends and was perhaps rather careless about having them returned. Now that he has passed away, I am anxious to recover those manuscripts and to place them with his many unpublished works. I would greatly esteem hearing from friends who may have any of his manuscripts in their possession and ask the privilege of writing through your column".

Jessie Bryson, Yew Tree Cottage, St Briavels

Peter Essex added (February 2010): "... Well here's one for a bit of Gloucestershire controversy: it appears that an Ernest Bryson insulted Elgar by calling him stupid and impertinent, no less. The story can be read here. I wonder if Mr Bryson ever got freebies for the Three Choirs Festival after that!"

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