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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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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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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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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, 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...