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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Invitational
April 5th, 2019£15 – £18
Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, MBE (August 14, 1916-June 29, 1982) was a Scottish bagpiper, British Army Pipe major, composer and bagpipe instructor. He was born in on the island of Lewis and mentored and tutored by John Morrison, who took him to his first Northern Meeting. He was also tutored by Willie Ross, and every week for 27 years by John MacDonald of Inverness.
Donald joined the British Army in 1937 and went to France in 1940 with the 2nd Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders in the British Expeditionary Force. Captured as a prisoner of war during the surrender at St. Valery-en-Caux, he escaped during the march to Germany and returned to France in 1944 as Pipe Major of the 7th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders.
After the war, he competed in solo competitions, and won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in 1947 and at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban in 1954.
After leaving the British Army in 1963, MacLeod became a partner in Grainger and Campbell, a Glasgow bagpipe-manufacturing firm. Donald published six volumes of light music and one of ceòl mòr, and after his death a further volume was compiled.
He was made Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1978. With his wife Winnie he had two daughters, Susan and Fiona.
The invitational competition held in his name was started by the Lewis & Harris Piping Society in 1993.