Tag: Vale of Atholl

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 […]

Craigmount High School Pipe Band pictured in 1978.

The World Pipe Band Championships, 1978

The World Pipe Band Championships of 1978 were held in the town of Lanark. In those days the flagship event in the pipe band world was not held in the same place each year. The weather conditions weren’t great that day. The Worlds that year was notable in that Bob […]

No hassle at the castle

By MacGregor Kennedy A round up of the 1984 Glenfiddich Piping Championships Everybody knows someone who could not organise a booze-up in a distillery, so most people who attend the Grant’s Scotch Whisky Piping Championships are perfectly well aware that the smooth-running machine which gives them so much pleasure at […]

Stewart returns to lead the Vale

Stewart returns to lead the Vale

Mark Stewart has been appointed Pipe Major of the Vale of Atholl. Stewart is something of a Vale veteran, having learned first of all as a nine-year-old with Andy Renwick and then Ian Duncan, two previous Pipe Majors of the Perthshire-based organisation. He progressed to the Vale’s Juvenile band then […]