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1 Dundee & District Piping Society

Dundee & District Piping Society 1931

D. MacLeod A. McDonald Black K. McGregor W. McDonald Suttie

W. R. Salmond T. Donaldson D. Macleod J. D. Stewart Jonathon McLeod J. MacKenzie

A. Macleod W. F. Allardice(sec.) W. R. McDonald(Pres.) H. Shaw(Vice Pres.) J. Sword

Below you will find what we have found out so far, but we are still looking for more.


Back Row  

Donald McLeod
Son of Angus McLeod senior, Donald's brother Angus junior, formed the Dundee ATC Junior Pipe Band, later to become The McLeod Pipe Band. Donald followed his brother as Pipe Major and as Piping Instructor to Dundee High School.

Andrew McDonald Black

A member of the Caledonian Pipe Band, Dundee. It has been added that this could in fact be Andrew McDonald Black who was later to become managing director of "Largs Music Shop" in Whitehall Crescent, Dundee. Larg himself had an interest in Piping, but I don't know if he played.

Kenny McGregor.

Heavily involved in tuition of Boys Brigade in Dundee.

Willie McDonald Suttie

Non Piper but an enthusiast.


Middle Row  

Willie R Salmond

Was the founder of "The City of Dundee Prize Pipe Band". Father to Pipers Alex Salmond and Stewart Salmond who were both members of the Dundee Police Pipe Band, and grandfather of Stewart Salmond who became Pipe Major of NCR Pipe Band.

Tommy Donaldson

Tommy was a much-recognised Piper in the Dundee area who spent much of his life teaching others or repute. He was a Pipe Major in the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch and spent some time in India around 1920. He was also the pipe major of the only Masonic pipe band in Britain - Lodge Camperdown in Dundee. Tommy taught piping right up until the time he died. One of his pupils was Willie Dickson who was Pipe Major of the MacKenzie Caledonian band and also a great solo piper and also played a lot on

the highland dancing circuit. One of his contemporaries was Bert Gillanders who founded Gillanders' Bagpipes in Forfar.

Don McLeod

He came from Edinburgh to Dundee and worked in the Courier during which time he founder of the little known Courier & Post Office Pipe Band. He kept interest all the way through the first war with 4th then 4th/5th Black Watch where he earned the Military Medal in France. He was the writer of a number of Pipe tunes now in the Black Watch Museum, Dalhousie Castle, Perth.

John Duff Stewart  John was Pipe Major of the St. Andrews Parish Boys Brigade Pipe Band in the early 1920’s.  The BB company headquarters were located in the church halls in King Street, Dundee, from 1891 till 2003.

            Unfortunately, there is no one around (or is there) in St Andrews Kirk these days who can remember this piper.  (Come on….there is the challenge)  (This information comes from Roddy Taylor, Development Officer, Dundee & Angus Battalion)

Jonathon McLeod

Cousin to Angus McLeod senior, his father was Norman McLeod.

James McKenzie

Ex Seaforth Highlanders. Left army after 1st War and started McKenzie Pipe Band in 1919.


Front Row  

Angus McLeod senior
A pupil of John MacDougall Gillies in Glasgow between from 1898 - 1906. Returned to Dundee where he owned The Breadalbane Arms Bar and had two sons, Donald and Angus. During the early 1900's he was Pipe Major of The 4th Battalion, Black Watch in Dundee.

Willie F. Allardice

Strong member of the original City of Dundee Prize Pipe Band. Secretary of Dundee and District Pipers Society

W. R. McDonald

President of Dundee and District Pipers Society. Father of D. J. McDonald (Dundee).  

Harry Shaw

Pipe Corporal under Angus McLeod in 4th Battalion Black Watch

James Sword

This was another famous and busy Piper in and around Dundee. He was born in Dundee on 14 May 1886.

"Swordie", as he was known, served in the 4th Battalion Black Watch as a Pipe Major during the First World War.

Following the War, he returned to the 24th Boys Brigade and continued his teaching. Upon return to civilian life he rejoined Jute Industries Limited, at Bow Bridge Works, where in time he became a Mill Manager. In the early 1950 he was one of the founder members of Jute Industries Pipe Band. He was their Pipe Major until his retirement from the Band on 31 August 1955.

Elsewhere on the site, you will find a photo of this band. “Swordie” also had a long association with the Boys Brigade and in particular 24th Coy of  Dundee B.B. In fact he taught the pipes to B.B. Bands for over 20 years.