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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. […]

Dates of piobaireachds

Dates of piobaireachds

By Seumas MacNeill The important feature of ceòl mòr is, of course, the music itself, and indeed it has been suggested by one prominent piper at one time that they should be simply labelled as Opus No. 1, and so on. However, most of us have an interest in who […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 4

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 4

At the pipers’ pub in the Townhead, all these pipers – Danny A. Campbell of Glendale [Skye], Willie Robb, Michael MacNeill – and others would take turn about to play on the practice chanter. By this time, MacDougall Gillies, who was the manager in Peter Henderson’s shop, had agreed to […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 15

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 15

1928-1930 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The 1928 Gathering took place over September 12 and 13 amid good weather. There was a clash of dates with Aboyne and Braemar but this did not affect the attendance, which was a record attendance with over 12,000 spectators. Among them was the Duke of […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 3

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 3

After the war in South Africa, Murdoch MacDonald returned to the castle [Ardencaple Castle] and he was supplied with a new set of Henderson pipes. He was always fussy about his pipe chanter reed and never seemed to get one to please him. One night he told me he would […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 14

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 14

1926-1927 By Jeannie Campbell The first report of the 1926 Gathering appeared in The Scotsman ofSeptember 15: “The Argyllshire Gathering is taking place at Oban this week, and the county gentry and their friends from all parts have since Monday been assembling in Oban. Last night the annual Gaelic concert, which […]

Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

I became a Piping Times subscriber in 1974 although I had bought occasional copies before that whenever I was in a piping shop. I joined the College of Piping’s evening classes in 1976 after playing in a band for six years and was soon helping with the enrolment of pupils […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

The first lessons MacLeod and I had from Roderick Fraser were often interrupted when he would send us into Helensburgh for a jar of beer, which he would consume with a pot of potatoes and salt herring boiled together, and being fortified with this he would then proceed to play […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Archie MacNeill (1879-1962), is probably best known as the composer of Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban, The Detroit Highlanders, David Ross of Rosehall and a few other great tunes that have stood the test of time. Archie, though, was an important figure in piping and, in fact, could be regarded […]