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The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 20

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 20

1946-47 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The Second World War ended on September 2, 1945. It had lasted six years and one day. The military pipers started to return home and in 1946 the regular piping competitions were being restarted. On May 25, 1946, the Oban Times carried a notice for the resumption […]

Sue with her MBE/

Famous pipers: Sue MacIntyre

Sue MacIntyre was born in Inverness in 1929 as Farquhar McIntosh. Her mother, who was a ward sister in the town’s Craig Dunain hospital, died before her fourth birthday so Sue was sent to a children’s home in Aberlour. Some time later she returned to Inverness to live with her […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 19

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 19

1937-39 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1937 the balls and games of the Argyllshire Gathering were on September 15 and 16. Five clan chiefs attended the opening ball held at the Gathering Halls on the evening of the 14th. They were: Col. MacDougall of MacDougall, chief the MacDougalls; Stewart Appin, chief of […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 18

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 18

1935-36 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1935 the balls and games of the Gathering were held on September 11 and 12. The Duke of Argyll, chieftain of the gathering was not present to lead the picturesque march of the clansmen from the secretary’s office in Station Road to the Gathering field. […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 5

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 5

Some years later the Scottish Pipers and Dancers Association formed and I was put forward as one of the committee. Also included were Pipe Major John MacKenzie (Big John), James Mclvor, Pipe Major George Ross and others. I forget the names of the dancers who were also on the committee […]

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

John Davie Burgess died in July 2005, having achieved worldwide fame as a child prodigy on the pipes before maturing into one of the foremost exponents of Scotland’s national instrument. He was born in Aberdeen on March 11, 1934 but the family moved to Edinburgh when at a young age. […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 17

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 17

1933-1934 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1933 the usual advertisements appeared in the usual newspapers during August ahead of the Gathering on September 13 and 14. Accommodation at hotels and boarding houses was taxed to the utmost. The Duke of Argyll, chieftain of the gathering, was not present this year. The […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 16

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 16

1931-1932 By Jeannie Campbell In 1931 the games and balls of the Argyllshire Gathering were held on September 9 and 10. As usual, the Gaelic concert was held on the evening prior to the Gathering (Tuesday 8). Oban had been enjoying a month of glorious weather and this continued during the […]

The Earl of Desmond’s piper: a County Kerry tradition

The Earl of Desmond’s piper: a County Kerry tradition

By Seán Donnelly The Desmond Rebellion of 1579-83, the suppression of which devastated the province of Munster, culminated in the slaying of Gerald Fitzgerald, 14th Earl of Desmond, at Glanageenty, near Tralee in Co. Kerry, in November 1583. The Earl’s extensive lands in the counties of Cork, Kerry and Limerick, […]

Some memories of a ‘Penny-and-a-Piobaireachd’, 63 years on

Some memories of a ‘Penny-and-a-Piobaireachd’, 63 years on

The ‘penny-and-a-piobaireachd’ was the famous feu payment made by the College of Piping each summer for land at Boreraig on Skye, the ancestral home of the famous MacCrimmon piping dynasty. The background to what was for many years an annual event was given in the Piping Times of July 2016. […]