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Angus MacKay

Angus MacKay was the great genius of the bagpipe and produced this celebrated work in 1838. It rapidly became the piper’s bible, superseding all other collections extant at that time. MacKay’s great gift was his ability to record on the stave, much closer than anyone else, what pipers actually played. Also, having been taught by his father John, a direct musical descendant of the MacCrimmons, Angus’s work was rightly imbued with considerable authority. He was the first Sovereign’s Piper, to Queen Victoria, and died after a bout of mental illness, his life’s work complete, in 1854. In 2010 pipers of south west Scotland and readers of the Piping Times erected the first monument to his memory near where he drowned in the River Nith.
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