Interesting People

20 questions with … Craig Muirhead

20 questions with … Craig Muirhead

1. How are you these days?I am doing fine, thanks.  I think this second round of lockdown restrictions has been far more challenging and there are days when motivation is low, but in speaking to friends and colleagues, I think many people are feeling the same – it’s always nice […]

Famous pipers: J. D. Ross Watt

Famous pipers: J. D. Ross Watt

By Stephen Beattie James Downie Watt was born on June 10, 1869 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England and raised by his parents, John Ross Watt and Jane Warden Ritchie, both of whom hailed from Scotland. James – J. D. – was one of 10 children, three of whom died in infancy. […]

CLASP profile: Scott Long

CLASP profile: Scott Long

Our fourth member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled is Scott Long. Where are you from and how did you get into piping?Born and raised in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia but now living and working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for many years. My older […]

The MacRae pipers of Harris, part 2

The MacRae pipers of Harris, part 2

Continuing the story of the MacRae pipers of Harris. By Jeannie Campbell MBE Angus MacRae’s brother, Finlay was Piper to John Stewart of Ensay, according to the Notices of Pipers. Ensay is a small island just off the south coast of Harris. John Stewart was born in Harris in 1825 […]

The MacRae pipers of Harris, part 1

The MacRae pipers of Harris, part 1

By Jeannie Campbell The MacRae family was originally from Kintail but Christopher MacRae, who was born about 1807, moved to the island of Harris some time prior to 1840. Christopher married Isabella MacKenzie and had a large family. The 1851 census shows them living in Obbe, Harris: Christopher (40) a […]

CLASP profile: Mariko Arimoto

CLASP profile: Mariko Arimoto

Our third member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled is Mariko Arimoto. Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I am from Japan and I started learning the pipes when I was 20 while I was studying at the University of Stirling […]

CLASP profile: Dagmar Pesta

CLASP profile: Dagmar Pesta

Our second member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled is Dagmar Pesta from Germany, pictured. CLASP is the National Piping Centre’s circuit of graded solo piping competitions for adult amateur pipers. There are now 107 members worldwide – a record – and its latest […]

Famous pipers: Black Will MacDonald

Famous pipers: Black Will MacDonald

By Niall Graham-Campbell Many of the famous and successful pipers have much written about them. As a change, I thought that I would like to try to create a favourable impression about a lesser figure in the piping world, Willie MacDonald or Black Will. In part, the reason behind this […]

From the Lowlands to the Highlands

From the Lowlands to the Highlands

By Jaco Koster It was a rainy Sunday afternoon in Scotland last summer [2018] when my girlfriend and I decided to pay a visit to Blair Castle near Pitlochry. We had visited the ruins of Caisteal Dubh – the Black Castle of Moulin – that morning, where I played my […]