Tag: Robert Reid

Stories of the Tunes: The Green Hills of Tyrol

Stories of the Tunes: The Green Hills of Tyrol

The Green Hills of Tyrol is a ubiquitous tune, learnt by virtually all pipers at an early stage. In 1961, the famous Scottish singer Andy Stewart put words to the tune and his song, A Scottish Soldier reached the No. 1 pop chart spot in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. […]

Famous pipers: Owen MacNiven

Famous pipers: Owen MacNiven

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In mid-April 2020 an article appeared on this website about the legendary Robert Reid (1895-1965). Born in Slamannan, Scotland, Reid was one of the finest pipers of the 20th century and the most dominant piper of the 1920s and 1930s. The article that appeared – ‘The master […]

The master and pupil

The master and pupil

Owen MacNiven was a well-known piper of the pre-war era. Born in Paisley in 1916 he was taught initially by John Morrell 1926 before the great Pipe Major Robert Reid took him on. By all accounts, Owen was an excellent piper – and the only one of Robert Reid’s pupils […]

Diary: photograph query/ Mòd/Pipeline/Trevor’s funeral

Diary: photograph query/ Mòd/Pipeline/Trevor’s funeral

There are a few items in the bagpipe.news diary this week. First of all, Willie McCallum sent us this wonderful photo of the late debonair English actor, David Niven dancing as six pipers play beside him. Willie had been watching a television documentary about the Queen Mary, when the photograph […]

Boreraig – the first pipers at the cairn

Boreraig – the first pipers at the cairn

• From the August 1994 Piping Times. A letter from William A. Cromarty of South Orange, NJ, reminded us of the inauguration of the cairn at Boreraig in 1933. He enclosed a cutting from an Ontario newspaper of the time, which contained a report of that famous day. The story […]

NPC museum reopens

NPC museum reopens

The National Piping Centre’s museum has reopened after months of refurbishment. The museum, located in the MacPhater Street building, holds 300 years of piping heritage with items laid out in a logical, themed way. Many new items have been added, including some personal items that were previously housed in the […]