Tag: Atholl Highlanders

Famous pipers: Aeneas Rose

Famous pipers: Aeneas Rose

Regular readers will recall our post on Jeannie Campbell’s discovery of a rare photograph showing Willie Lawrie receiving his Gold Medal at the 1910 Northern Meeting. The post also included two other rare photographs from that year’s competition, one of which [pictured] shows four judges who were seated, hidden from […]

Piping’s thanks to Lady Dorothea Stewart Murray

Piping’s thanks to Lady Dorothea Stewart Murray

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Marked annually on, this date, IWD is one of the most important days of the year to, among other things, celebrate women’s achievements and to raise awareness about women’s equality. In piping, […]

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 […]

Stuart Samson releases his second collection

Stuart Samson releases his second collection

Stuart Samson MBE has released his second book of original music. The book – digital only – comes a decade after his acclaimed Lands of Bens and Glens and Heroes collection and has been compiled and produced during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The former Pipe Major of […]

It’s in the blood

It’s in the blood

Andy Tasker is a piper with an impressive piping lineage. The retired banker from Leeds can trace a direct lineal descent to two of our most important piping families, the MacKays of Raasay and the MacKays of Gairloch – and also Captain Malcolm MacLeod of Raasay. But before we get […]

Prizewinners and judges at Saturday's competitions.

Wellington Pipers’ Club results / Alex Duncan funeral

Stuart Easton and Willliam Rowe were the prizewinners at Wellington Pipers’ Club’s annual solo piping competitions held at Scots College in the New Zealand city on Saturday. The competitions were held in person due to the New Zealand government’s success in handling the cornovarius pandemic. Easton, of Palmerston North won […]

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, son of Ian and Chris Duncan, died today in hospital in Edinburgh. He was 26 years old. Alex had been in hospital for a week. Alex Duncan was a first class piper. Taught as a child by Dougie Reid, Perth and father Ian, Alex’ two biggest piping influences […]

2021 ‘majors’ / Atholl Highlanders CD / Michael Grey / Kyle Warren

2021 ‘majors’ / Atholl Highlanders CD / Michael Grey / Kyle Warren

The RSPBA has announced the dates for next year’s major pipe band championships. They are as follows: British Championships – May 22 at St James Playing Fields, Paisley, Scotland. United Kingdom Championships – June 12 at Lurgan Park, Lurgan, Northern Ireland. European Championships – June 26 at Bught Park, Inverness, […]

Pipe Major John Whyte.

PM John Whyte … the last piper to be killed during WW2

(Post updated with colour photo): Pipe Major John Whyte is thought to be the last piper to be killed during the Second World War. Whyte, from Coupar Angus in Perthshire, was Pipe Major of the 79th (Scottish Horse) Medium Regiment Royal Artillery and was killed in Germany on May 5, […]