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The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch marching down Edinburgh's High Street for the fifth opening of the Scottish Parliament. July 2016.

Info on Black Watch pipers sought

The author of a major new book on the pipers of The Black Watch is seeking information from the families and friends of pipers who served in the regiment from 1919 till 1988. Alistair Duthie, who was himself a piper in the 1st Battalion from 1988-2008, serving latterly as Pipe […]

Tattoo groupies and John MacLellan’s burst bag

Tattoo groupies and John MacLellan’s burst bag

• From the October 2000 Piping Times. By David Murray With the Edinburgh Tattoo season over for yet another year, it seems to me that it’s a good time to ponder a little on the now accepted arrangements for band, pipes and drums, not to mention the choir, which are […]

Sliding hiatal hernias and the piob mor

Sliding hiatal hernias and the piob mor

By David V. Kennedy Shortly after some recent surgery and during the course of post-surgical examinations, the physicians discovered that I had a sliding hiatal hernia. This could have been possibly the result of the surgical techniques now commonly used by neuro-surgeons for cervical vertebrae fusions; but there is really […]

Why was the Campbell Canntaireachd written? Stranger things have happened…

Why was the Campbell Canntaireachd written? Stranger things have happened…

• From the October 2014 Piping Times. By Keith Sanger Although a considerable amount of research on the Campbell Canntaireachd manuscripts and the music contained in them has been undertaken over the years, one question, which has yet to be addressed seriously, is what prompted the Campbell’s to compile the […]

Churchill’s war pipe

Churchill’s war pipe

Tabby Angier is the custodian of a pipe which belonged to a soldier who lead an incredible life. It is an instrument of war with a particularly commanding sound. Here she tells us about the wartime escapades of a man who is ranked as one of the world’s greatest adventurers, […]