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Brown, Robert Urquhart (1906–1972), piper, piobaireachd player, and teacher, was born on 1 May 1906 in Strachan, Kincardineshire, son of Francis Farquharson Brown (1875–1955?) head keeper of Blackhall estate, and his wife, Margaret Dunbar (1871–1937). He was educated at Banchory Academy. He started piping at the age of eleven, and soon showed a love for piobaireachd, the classical music of the highland bagpipe. His early tutors were ...

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Bunney, Herrick Cyril William (1915–1997), organist and conductor, was born on 12 May 1915 at 17 Elm Grove Road, Barnes, Surrey, the son of Cyril Herbert Herrick Bunney (1881–1969), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Ethel Letitia, née Ardley (1877?–1958). Educated at ...

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Cameron, Donald (c. 1810–1868), highland bagpipe player and teacher, was born probably at Contin near Strathpeffer in eastern Ross and Cromarty, one of three sons of Colin Cameron (c.1770–1862), a farmer, and his wife, Mary Cameron (c.1777–1865), also a farmer. On 9 December 1841 he married ...

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Dun, Finlay (1795–1853), composer and violinist, was born on or before 24 July 1795 in Aberdeen, the son of Barclay Dun (1771–1843/1844?), a dancing-master, and his wife, Helen (b. 1777), the daughter of John Duthie and his wife, Bathie. He was a nephew of ...

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Gillies, John MacDougall (1855–1925), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 20 May 1855 at 126 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, eldest of the three sons of John MacDougall Gillies (b. 1825), marble polisher from Glendaruel, Argyll, and his wife, Isabella Smith (...

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Nathaniel Gow (1763–1831) by John Kay © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gow, Nathaniel (1763–1831), fiddler and composer, was born on 27 May 1763 at Inver, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, and baptized at Little Dunkeld two days later, the fourth of the five sons of Niel Gow (1727–1807) and his first wife, Margaret Wiseman. The date of his birth, which has often been given wrongly, is established by the baptismal register for ...

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Niel Gow (1727–1807) by Sir Henry Raeburn Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gow, Niel (1727–1807), fiddler and composer, was born at Inver, by Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 22 March 1727, the son of John Gow and his wife, Catherine McEwan. He married Margaret Wiseman presumably before 1759; they had five sons, including the fiddler Nathaniel Gow...

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MacColl, John (1860–1943), player and composer of highland bagpipe music, was born at Kentallen in Appin, Argyll, on 6 January 1860, youngest of the four sons and three daughters of Dugald MacColl, tailor and traditional musician, and his wife, Elizabeth McInnes. On 21 June 1894 he married ...

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MacKenzie, John Bàn (c. 1797–1864), piper and composer, was born at Achilty, near Strathpeffer, Ross-shire. One of a family of at least three sons and one daughter, he was probably the eldest son of William MacKenzie, farmer, and his wife, Mary MacKay. The births of the children were not registered. ...

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MacLeod, Donald (1916–1982), player and composer of highland bagpipe music, was born at 5 Newton Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, on 14 August 1916, one of two sons and three daughters of Donald MacLeod (c.1880–c.1954), labourer, and his wife, ...

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Seumas MacNeill (1917–1996) by unknown photographer College of Piping

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MacNeill, Seumas [Seamas, James] (1917–1996), bagpiper and authority on piping, was born James McNeill on 12 September 1917 at 32 Dowanhill Street, Partick, Glasgow, the second of the three children of James McNeill (1883–1953), whose family came from the island of Gigha, and his wife, ...

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Macpherson, Lachlan [Lachlann Mac a' Phearsain; called Fear Shrath-Mhathaisidh] (b. c. 1723, d. in or before 1780), Gaelic poet and musician, was the only son of John Macpherson (d. 1784?), tacksman, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Lachlan Mackintosh of Macintosh. He was the tacksman of ...

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Macpherson, Malcolm (1833–1898), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 5 December 1833 at Snizort, Isle of Skye, the son of Angus Macpherson (c.1800–c.1866), a professional piper, and his wife, Effy MacLeod of Uig in Skye...

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Morrison, Roderick [An Clàrsair Dall, the Blind Harper] (1656?–1713/14), Scottish Gaelic poet and harpist, was the eldest son of John Morison (b. c.1630), tacksman of Bragar in the island of Lewis, and descended from the Morison breves, or hereditary judges, who were latterly located in ...

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Trimble [married name Gant], Joan (1915–2000), composer and pianist, was born on 18 June 1915 at Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen, co. Fermanagh, the elder of the two daughters of William Egbert Trimble (1882–1967), a newspaper proprietor who owned and edited the Impartial Reporter...

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Welsh, Alexander (1929–1982), trumpeter and bandleader, was born at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh, on 9 July 1929, the eldest child of Alexander Welsh (d. c.1965), a coal merchant, and his wife, Ann Livingstone Plank (d. c.1978). He had a sister, ...