Tag: John MacColl

Piping in London – Part 8

Piping in London – Part 8

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The Book of the Club of True Highlanders was published in 1881 by subscription. The author was the Chieftain of the Club, Charles McIntyre North. He was an Anglo Scot, born about 1838. His birthplace is unknown but he grew up in the south of England. […]

International Uilleann Piping Day in Glasgow / Liddell recital in deep south / Piping in London, a history / Brìghde opens COP26

International Uilleann Piping Day in Glasgow / Liddell recital in deep south / Piping in London, a history / Brìghde opens COP26

Renowned uilleann piper, Jarlath Henderson, is holding a master class for uilleann pipers this weekend in Scotland to mark the tenth International Uilleann Piping Day. The event will take place this Saturday (6th) from 1.00pm-9.00pm at the National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping building in Glasgow’s […]

Scots village remembers historic regiment

Scots village remembers historic regiment

The village of Dunkeld in Perthshire, Scotland is having a Re-Enactment Day on Saturday to celebrate the connection of the historic Scottish Horse regiment to the area. The Scottish Horse was a Yeomanry regiment of the British Army’s Territorial Army raised by John Murray, the Marquess of Tullibardine (later the […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 4

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 4

At the pipers’ pub in the Townhead, all these pipers – Danny A. Campbell of Glendale [Skye], Willie Robb, Michael MacNeill – and others would take turn about to play on the practice chanter. By this time, MacDougall Gillies, who was the manager in Peter Henderson’s shop, had agreed to […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 3

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 3

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1876 the Argyllshire Gathering games were held a day earlier than usual, on the Wednesday, September 13, with the regatta all day on the Thursday. The Lorn Ossianic Games, always previously held on Wednesday moved back to Tuesday. Its rules for the piping competitions stated: […]

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 […]

A walk in the west end

A walk in the west end

The west end of Glasgow, Scotland has been the focal point of so much piping history. Jeannie Campbell takes a llok at what piping history there is to be found within a 15 minute walk of the College of Piping (now the National Piping Centre Otago Street). By Jeannie Campbell […]

Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Roderick MacDonald was born on South Uist in 1901. He was a member of Glasgow City Police Pipe Band from 1923 to 1956. He served under two Pipe Majors, Willie Gray, then the famous John MacDonald, his brother. At the Argyllshire Gathering, Roderick won the March in 1928, the Strathspey […]

'Wee' Donald MacLean at Cowal in 1934.

Famous pipers: Donald MacLean

On Monday we kicked off the first of an occasional series on the stories behind some of our more famous tunes. There’s been a great response to this, with suggestions of further tunes to look at. Today, we kick off what will be another occasional series, that of famous pipers. […]

The competition march

The competition march

Today, we once again delve into our not inconsiderable archives to bring articles that we feel will be of interest to pipers, regardless of whether they are a student or a seasoned competitor.  These articles remain free to all and we will continue to add more each week. Today’s article […]