Tag: James Campbell

Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, the well known piper and piping judge, died in hospital in Aberdeen on Monday. He was 89 and had been ill for some time. Matheson, who was a surgeon by profession, was born in Inverness but lived in Aberdeenshire for much of his life. He also had family […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 34

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 34

1968 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1968, competitors in the Open Competition at the Argyllshire Gathering and in the Clasp Competition at the Northern Meeting were required to submit four tunes from a list of six. The tunes were: Mrs. MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute, Rory MacLeod’s Lament, MacDonald’s Salute, Lament […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

1963-1964 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1963 five tunes were set for the Open Piobaireachd and competitors were required to choose four. The tunes were Salute on the Birth of Rory Mòr MacLeod, The Old Woman’s Lullaby, The Sister’s Lament, The Park Piobaireachd (No. 1) and Nameless (from Colin Campbell’s […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 20

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 20

1946-47 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The Second World War ended on September 2, 1945. It had lasted six years and one day. The military pipers started to return home and in 1946 the regular piping competitions were being restarted. On May 25, 1946, the Oban Times carried a notice for the resumption […]

Memories of London greats

Memories of London greats

Jeannie Campbell’s recent article on Owen MacNiven contained a few passages that triggered in solo piping judge, Roddy Livingstone a few memories of some of the leading lights of the London piping scene of yesteryear. He writes: “During the 25 years I was a pupil and friend of James Campbell […]

Robert Nicol, left, and Robert Reid.

We should not overstate the differences in our playing styles

Differences in playing styles is the subject of this opinion piece taken from the December 2004 Piping Times. By Duncan Watson A number of years ago while discussing the various aspects of The Unjust Incarceration with the late Donald Morrison, he related what I found to be an interesting story. […]

Henry Forsyth leads the royal children in some drill.

Bonfires, state banquets, a flying ham and a thirsty Cameron

• From the June 2001 Piping Times. More on the office of Sovereign’s Piper with excerpts from the previously published article by Neville T. McKay and from a book by the late Duke of Windsor William Ross was succeeded by James Campbell, who had been appointed in 1881 to replace […]