In all areas, I would be quite safe in saying that there are important people or families who contributed greatly to the piping and band in their area. Amongst the people I would include names such as Harry Watson, Jim Sword, Angus MacLeod’s family, David Miller and George Black senior.
On this page I am going to look at William Rodger Salmond and his family.
James Towns Sword
Now that we mention the 24th Boys Brigade, it brings to mind Pipe Major James “Jimmy” Towns Sword previously referred to in Jute Industries Pipe Band, Dundee.
Jimmy worked as Mill Manager of Bowbridge Works where he met his wife who was a weaver. Later their daughter (Jim Edmonds’ mother) was also a weaver in Bowbridge. Like so many others in those days they lived, in Provost Road, within shouting distance of Bowbridge Works. He continued his piping interest into OAP years by entertaining pensioners and could be found Piping in the Haggis at pensioner clubs. Jimmy then became President of the OAP Society in Dundee, forever active.
Jimmy died suddenly in the street in the old Gibson’s Meal Store in Dundee’s Hilltown area near the “Tap O’ the Hill Clock”, 100 yards from the Bowbridge Factory gates.
Jimmy Sword was always proud of what he had achieved in the Piping World. As well as being a Pipe Major in The Black Watch, he served in the same capacity for a while in The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders during the First World War. His greatest love was the band of the 24th Coy., B.B., Dundee, where he was involved for most of his life. This BB Company were indeed fortunate to have such strong piping connections.
A grandson of Jimmy Sword, Jim Edmonds, has been in contact and tells me that as a “nipper” he was taken along to the canteen of Bowbridge factory for the practices of the Jute Industries Pipe Band, and then down to Foundry Lane hall where the process was repeated for the 24th BB practice.
James’ brother Tom was also a piper as was Tom’s son Phillip. All were involved with the 24th BB Company and Battalion.