Death of John Finlay

John Finlay, one of the outstanding personalities in the post war solo piping and pipe band worlds, has died after a long illness. He was 78. He was taught by Calum Ferguson and then Peter MacLeod of Partick. He joined the famous 214th BB and became a member of the band. He studied piobaireachd with Robert Reid and was a superb amateur piper. In his younger day his duels with John Burgess were legion. His proudest trophy was for the College of Piping Senior Amateur title on which both their names were inscribed as joint winners.  He played professionally but was drawn to bands. He became an accomplished side drummer. He won six Grade 1 World Championships, the first with Tom McAllister Snr. at Shotts, and five with Bob Hardie at Muirheads. As a pipe major he won the World Grade 2 title with the Clan MacRae Society.
Our sincere condolences go to Sheila and family. Check here later for funeral details. Full obituary and tributes later in the PT.

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