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The Argyllshire Gathering

September 1950


(From Left)

1. John Finlay; 2. Pipe Sergeant Charlie D. Scott (City of Glasgow Police);

3. William Connell (Glasgow); 4. Donald MacLean (Lewis); 5. John D. Burgess;

6. George Stoddart (R.S.F.); 7. John M. Mackenzie(8th A.& S.H.) 8. Bob Henderson (Dundee)

We are still looking for some backgrounds of these well-known Pipers.

Can you tell us more?


From Left

John Finlay

A Piper from Glasgow. John was a pupil of Robert Reid and was a great friend of Bob Hardie (also a pupil of Reid) John was a member of Muirhead and Sons Pipe Band for many years till it folded in 1978.

Charlie D Scott

Piper Charles D. Scott was a well known

professional piper from Glasgow and a member of the Glasgow Police Pipe

Band. He began piping when 10 years old and was taught by Kenneth

MacLennan, a cousin of G. S. MacLennan. He was taught his Piobaireachd by

Pipe Major Willie Gray, Pipe Major John MacDonald, Inverness and Pipe Major

Robert Brown at Balmoral Castle. He was a previous winner of the Marches

at Oban and has been a consistent prize winner at Oban and Inverness. For

interest, he plays on the Pipes of the late John MacColl, Oban.

William Connell

Willie Connel was also a pupil of Reid's winning the gold medal in Oban (don't know when) and the clasp at Inverness in 1957. He emigrated to Canada and has a long list of pupils there.

Donald McLean

Donald was a famous Seaforth's Pipe Major, a Lewis man

John D Burgess

Who doesn't know John? Still very active in all areas of Piping and remains resident in Invergordon.

George Stoddart

(Gavins father) Richard Powell tells me that he used to visit George and his wife Margaret in his Edinburgh home and always found him to be "mischievous". Richard suggests that he may have been from The Scottish Rifles???

John M. Mackenzie

I have now been e-mailed by Mr Abbot, and he kindly confirms this piper as being John M. Mackenzie. Even more recently, I have been contacted by Duncan Alexander MacDonald who tells me the following:-

In the photograph he is identified as John M MacKenzie of the 8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and is shown in Battledress Top and Glengarry as a Sergeant. I believe he later went on to be appointed as Pipe Major to the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before accepting the appointment of Pipe Major and Tutor at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane in 1964. I was fortunate to be one of his many pupils and I remember him fondly as not only being a Master Piper, but a gentleman as well.

Regards

Duncan Alexander MacDonald (QVS 1963-1968)

Bob Henderson

Robert Henderson was taught Piping by his father in Dundee, but was soon moved on to Tom Donaldson (Archive).  Eventually, Bob finished his education with Angus MacLeod. The partnership remained a constant throughout his entire life.  Angus is a strict task master but had the desired effect on Bob's play. Bob was always the "Quiet man" and was never known to blow his own trumpet. Heaven forbid!  Bob passed away in his Carnoustie home in his eightieth year (2000). Even then he had his hotel booked for the "Clasp".

As a matter of interest, I very recently (17/11/03) received the following e-mail from Les Hutt in Inverness, about the photo above:............

    "Interesting to see the photo. I was discussing it with Donald McBride on Saturday and would agree that the piper on the left looks like our good friend John Findlay from Glasgow. John was a pupil of Robert Reid and was a great friend of Bob Hardie (also a pupil of Reid) John was a member of Muirhead and Sons Pipe Band for many yeas till it folded in 1978.

     Willie Connel was also a pupil of Reid's winning the gold medal in Oban (don't know when) and the clasp at Inverness in 1957. He emigrated to Canada and has a long list of pupils there.

     Burgess won the Gold Medal in Inverness 1950 .........did he win Oban that year too??

Keep up the good work

Les Hutt

Inverness


Muirhead and Son  Playing through Grangemouth 1967 Here we have “Cha Robertson” I was sent this photo some years ago and ran an unsuccessful search for details on him. Take a close look at his kit and tell me if you can give some information. Suggestion that he was from Dundee - But was his kit ARMY? Another picture of the Gillanders workshop in Forfar. Far right is Ian Murray as an apprentice, but he now Has his own manufacturing operation up in Forfar now. Edinburgh Police Pipe Band 1967 Pitlochry Highland Games Well known faces, with Pipe Major Ian MacLeod (far left) Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Major John K. MacAllister setting them up Leading Drummer Alex Duthart Miscellaneous Photographs