Tag: Alistair Duthie

Queen’s piper leads St Valéry commemorations

Queen’s piper leads St Valéry commemorations

Thousands of pipers around the world joined in yesterday’s tribute to commemorate the 80th anniversary of St Valéry. On June 12, 1940, around 10,000 Allied soldiers were taken prisoner there. The 51st (Highland) Infantry Division suffered huge losses. The event was organised by PoppyScotland. Those participating included former Armed Forces […]

Pipers killed / VE Day 75 / PM Whyte

Pipers killed / VE Day 75 / PM Whyte

We are grateful to Pipe Major Alistair Duthie for sending us some statistics on the number of pipers killed or wounded during the Second World War. On Friday we estimated the figure to be 10,000. However, the true figure is a little less. Mr Duthie made the following calculation: “If […]

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 […]