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The ruins of John MacKay's house at the southern end of Raasay.

The John MacKay manuscript, pt. 2

• From the June 1997 Piping Times. By Captain John A. MacLellan My second illustration is a typical page of the manuscript in what is thought would be the original form for the whole manuscript. As you can see it is really a framework with the notes written in crotchet […]

The John MacKay manuscript, pt. 1

The John MacKay manuscript, pt. 1

• From the May 1997 Piping Times. By Captain John A. MacLellan Some time ago the late Captain John A. MacLellan made a study of the John MacKay Manuscript and gave his findings in a paper to the Piobaireachd Society Conference. We are pleased to publish this important study. We […]

Jimmy MacMillan and a young Jack Lee pictured in 1981 at a homecoming party to celebrate Jack winning the Inverness Gold Medal.

Remembering James MacMillan, 1911-2005

• From the September 2005 Piping Times. By Jack Lee I have often wondered how piping would have turned out in Vancouver if Jimmy McMillan hadn’t taught here. Would Terry and I have stuck with piping? Would the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (SFU) even exist? Jimmy was the defining […]

The Black Chanter of Clan Chattan is housed in the Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore, Scotland.

The Black Chanter of Clan Chattan

• From the October 1984 Piping Times. By Diana M. Henderson “As fierce as the tiger that prowls in their forest, Those sons of the Orient leap to the plain;But the blade striketh vainly wherever thou wanest, Black Chanter of Chattan bestir thee again!”1 A Mrs Ogilvie wrote these lines […]

Boreraig – the first pipers at the cairn

Boreraig – the first pipers at the cairn

• From the August 1994 Piping Times. A letter from William A. Cromarty of South Orange, NJ, reminded us of the inauguration of the cairn at Boreraig in 1933. He enclosed a cutting from an Ontario newspaper of the time, which contained a report of that famous day. The story […]

Piobaireachd names in Gaelic – curios, mix-ups and puzzles

Piobaireachd names in Gaelic – curios, mix-ups and puzzles

• From the January 2008 Piping Times. By Angus Nicol The End of the Great Bridge or ‘Ceann Drochaid Mhoire’ (ceown drochitch voiruh) is something of a mix-up. Drochaid is feminine, so it should, in the genitive, be drochaide. But with the article it na drochaide (nuh drochitchuh). So the […]

A MacCrimmon relic

A MacCrimmon relic

• From the August 1994 Piping Times. The late John MacFadyen obtained permission from Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod to examine some of the MacLeod papers in Dunvegan Castle, with a view to finding references to the MacCrimmon pipers. He was fortunate to be allowed to take photocopies of some […]

Bob Brown … played winning tunes for the King.

Sovereign’s Piper on the Army payroll and a tune called ‘Mallorca’

• From the July 2000 Piping Times. The final part of our story on the office of Sovereign’s Piper, with excerpts from articles by Neville T. McKay and Bryan Douglas, Royal Scottish Pipers Society, the latter an interesting tale concerning King Edward VIII and Society member, Colonel CM Usher. In […]