Tag: William Ross

My father the bagpiper – part 4

My father the bagpiper – part 4

Continuing the story of James McHardy, second piper to Queen Victoria from 1878 until 1881. Edith Paterson (nee McHardy), the younger daughter of McHardy – ‘the Piper’ – was the author of the booklet of her father’s life. Brought up in the Alford area of Donside, Aberdeenshire, she became an […]

James McHardy.

My father the bagpiper – part 1

Pipe Major McHardy (1863-1938), a native of Aberdeenshire, was a boy piper to Queen Victoria at Balmoral and at other royal residences. From 1878 to 1881 he was assistant to the Queen’s piper, PM William Ross, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) who was in that role from 1854-1891. McHardy was one […]

Fording the River Tarf as John Macpherson and Aeneas Rose play.

Playing waist deep in a river – all part of royal duty for pipers

• From the May 2001 Piping Times. Neville T. McKay continues his history of the office of Sovereign’s Piper Angus MacKay’s successor at the royal household was William Ross who came from the Royal Highland Regiment, The Black Watch, where he had served 17 years. A memorandum from the Department […]

How the march became more pointed and technically demanding

How the march became more pointed and technically demanding

• From the March 2000 Piping Times. By David Murray As intimated in my last column, l’ll continue this issue with part two of my research into the pipe march first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. As the early collections of ceòl beag show, tunes in march time of varying […]