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Bassano, Alvise (d. 1554), musician and instrument maker, was presumably born in Bassano, near Venice, in the late fifteenth century, the second son of Maestro Jeronimo (d. 1539?), known as Piva (‘bagpipe’). By 1515 he was playing in Venice, and he served in ...

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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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Craxton, Janet Helen Rosemary (1929–1981), oboist and teacher, was born on 17 May 1929 at 8 Grove End Road, London, the only daughter and the youngest of the six children of (Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) and his wife, Essie May Faulkner (1890–1977)...

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Janet Helen Rosemary Craxton (1929–1981) by unknown photographer, 1960s private collection

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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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Hunt, Edgar Hubert (1909–2006), musician, was born on 28 June 1909 at 2 Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, the only son and elder child of Hubert Walter Hunt (1865–1945), organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral, and his wife, Clara Harriett Clements...

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MacDonald, John (1865–1953), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 26 July 1865 in Glentruim, in the parish of Laggan, Inverness-shire, the oldest son of the three sons and three daughters of Alexander MacDonald (1834/5–1883), piper, and his wife, Jane Lamont (1840/41–1931)...

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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...

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Nicol, Robert Bell (1905–1978), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 26 December 1905 at West Lodge, Durris, Kincardineshire, the youngest of the three children of David Nicol (1861–1934), a salmon fisher from Banchory, and his wife, Mary McDonald (1862–1956)...

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Ross, William Collie (1878–1966), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 14 June 1878 at Camsorie, Kilmorack, Glen Strathfarrar, Inverness-shire, the second of the six children of Alexander Ross (b. 1854), head forester of Struy, and his wife, Mary Collie (1854–1944)...

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Weston, Pamela Theodora (1921–2009), clarinettist and musicologist, was born on 17 October 1921 at 23a Connaught Street, Paddington, London, the eldest of three children of Thomas Alexander (T. Alec) Weston (1883–1969), medical doctor and major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, ...