John MacDougall Gillies MS 2017-11-07T10:50:27+00:00
John MacDougall Gillies

John MacDougall Gillies

John MacDougall Gillies

John MacDougall Gillies is considered one of the main links with our piping past. Much of what we play today can be traced back to him and thence to the Camerons and beyond. His MS is the property of Glasgow University and is reproduced here with permission. Most of the tunes are printed elsewhere but there are some interesting timing variations and a Nameless tune (very attractive) hitherto unknown.
Taught by: PM Fettes Aberdeen Volunteers. Robert Meldrum who passed on what he was learning from PM Wm Murray Seaforths. Alexander Cameron.
Forces service: Enlisted 3rd VB Gordons Aberdeen 1872 under PM Fettes. PM 1st VB HLI 1891 which became 5th PM 5th HLI Volunteers on Haldane reforms 1908.
Band service: VB Gordons PM 1st and 5th HLI.

Trade or profession: House Painter in Aberdeen then Piper to Lord Breadalbane 1886-1888 then painter in Aberdeen until 1890 and in Glasgow until 1903 when he became manager of Peter Henderson’s the bagpipe makers for 22 years until his death.
Prizes won: Inverness Prize Pipe 1882, Former Winners Piob. 1886. Oban GM 1884, Open 1901. World PB Championship 1906,1908,1910,1911,1912.

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