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Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, the well known piper and piping judge, died in hospital in Aberdeen on Monday. He was 89 and had been ill for some time. Matheson, who was a surgeon by profession, was born in Inverness but lived in Aberdeenshire for much of his life. He also had family […]

1921 comes to its Census

1921 comes to its Census

By Stuart Letford for Bagpipe.news Pages from the 1921 Census in the United Kingdom (UK) were made available for the first time yesterday. Unfortunately, the pages only cover England and Wales. The pages that cover Scotland won’t be released until late this year due to “complications” as a result of […]

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

I’ve long thought that Angus MacKay’s life would make for a great film. It has it all: sex, drugs (well, alcohol), rock n’ roll and a young death. Angus went from a childhood of poverty to an adolescence spent frequenting palaces and hobnobbing with the great and good of his […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

1970-1971 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1970, the Gathering took place on August 26-27. The set tunes for the Open and Clasp competitions were The Big Spree (including tripling and Crunluath variations), Lord Lovat’s Lament, Craigellachie, Nameless (Hiharin Odin Hiharin Dro), Clanranald’s Salute and The Prince’s Salute. Four were to […]

Stuart Letford: Mind your language

Stuart Letford: Mind your language

It was, was it not, pleasing to learn that the Irish language – Irish Gaelic – has received full status as an official language of the European Union? What a tremendous boost for the language of that fine country. Language is the principal method of human communication and this time […]

Peter brings 2022 in with style

Peter brings 2022 in with style

WO1 Pipe Major Peter MacGregor of the Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh brought in the new year last night from Edinburgh Castle. In what may be his last stint in the role, the Assynt native was in fine form playing high above the Scottish capital amid […]

The best of 2021

The best of 2021

Another year draws to a close. Another strange year. Another frustrating year. Here at Bagpipe.news we were in two minds, given the fact few piping activities have been able to take place for the second year in succession, whether or not to post an end of the year ‘award’ list. […]