Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland was awarded the overall Edinburgh Castle Silver Trophy in Premier grade solo events at the eighth annual Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Solo Piping Competition.

The competition did not take place last year due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s competition was held, as ever, at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming at Inchdrewer House, Edinburgh.

Finlay Johnston won the Premier Grade Piobaireachd, which gains him an invitation to next year’s Captain John MacLellan Memorial Recital Dinner. His winning tune was Lament for the Earl of Antrim.



Premier Grade
Ceòl Mòr
– 1. Finlay Johnston 2. Callum Beaumont; 3. Angus MacColl; 4. Stuart Liddell 5. Alasdair Henderson.
MSR (John MacLellan MSR Piper trophy) – 1. Stuart Liddell; 2. Cameron Drummond; 3. Sarah Muir; 4. Craig Sutherland; 5. Pipe Major Ben Duncan, RSDG.

Finlay Johnston this afternoon.

A Grade
Ceòl Mòr
– 1. Jamie Forrester (Colin MacLellan Cup); 2. Darach Urquhart; 3. Cameron Drummond; 4. Sarah Muir; 5. Steven Leask.
MSR (John MacLellan MSR Piper trophy) – 1. Cameron MacDougall; 2. Angus J. MacColl; 3. Steen Leask; 4. Ashley McMichael; 5. Mat Wilson.

B Grade
Ceòl Mòr
– 1. John MacDonald (Joe Rafferty Plate); 2. Ashley McMichael (Ramsey Garden Cup); 3. Callum Watson; 4. Alex Gehrig; 5. Jamie Elder.
MSR – 1. Ciaran Ross (John MacLellan Pipe Banner); 2. Callum Wynd (Hugh MacDonald Cup); 3. Lachie Dick; 4. Kris Coyle; 5. Sandy Cameron.

Open Hornpipe & Jig – 1. Callum Beaumont (Robert L. Kilgour Trophy); 2. Stuart Liddell; 3. Alasdair Henderson; 4. Sarah Muir; 5. Ashley McMichael.

C Grade
Ceòl Mòr
– 1. Struan Moffat (Delworth Quaich); 2. Keith Christie (Dean Park Eagle); 3. Michael Laing; 4. James McPietre; 5. Chris McCliesh.
MSR – 1. Stuart McCallum (Fort Augustus Shield); 2. Gordon Barclay; 3. Andrew Bell; 4. Callum Kaye; 5. Keith Christie.

P Aggregate (Edinburgh Castle Monument): Stuart Liddell.

A Aggregate, ASBM&HD Memorial Trophy): Jamie Forrester

C Aggregate (McCallum Bagpipes bagpipe): Keith Christie.

The competition, organised by the Army School, featured a large entry of some of the best solo pipers in the United Kingdom. The importance of the contribution of Captain John MacLellan to piping in the British Army is vast and reads as a list of achievements that to this day remain unchallenged and are unlikely to ever be equalled. This competition was created to commemorate such a commendable career.

The contest was supported by William Grant & Sons, McCallum Bagpipes, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, R. G. Hardie & Co., the Giacomo Puccini festival and the Competing Pipers’ Association.

Craig Sutherland competing today in the Open Hornpipe & Jig.