OT: 5 January 1901 – Dr, Keith N. MacDonald “Theid mi null thar a’ Bheinn [mus]”

The Oban Times January 5, 1901


“Mouth-tunes,” or “Songs for Dancing.”

By Dr. Keith N. MacDonald

Another excellent old reel is, “Théid mi null thar a’ Bheinn.” It is one of those that had almost died out. It was a great faourite with the late Iain Ruadh Kennedy, of Sleat, Skye, which he played after “Miss Lyle.” It is only to be found in the “Skye Collection of Reels.”

OT: 5 January 1901 – [Unsigned] “Bagpipe and Dancing Competitions at Campbeltown”

The Oban Times, January 5, 1901

Bagpipe and Dancing Competitions at Campbeltown

A bagpipe and Highland dancing competition was held in the Victoria Hall, Campbeltown, on Christmas night, and was very largely attended. Councillor Ross presided, and was supported by Councillor MacWilliam. The competitions evoked the greatest enthusiasm, and were carried through with praiseworthy decorum and with success. There was a large entry for each event, and all the pipers and dancers gave a highly creditable exhibition. The judges were–Pipe playing, Mr. Wm. Robb, ex-Pipe-Major of the 93rd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; Dancing, Mr. D. Cameron, both of Glasgow. The arrangements were in the hands of the following capable committee– Sgt.– Instructor Scott (secretary), and Messrs John MacLean, Neil Campbell, Robert Crawford, and D. MacCallum.

The prize-winners were;–Pipe Playing–March–1, H. MacDonald, Stark;2, J. MacPhail; 3, J. McMillan. Strathspey and Reel–1, H. MacDonald, Stark; 2, J. MacPhail; 3, J. Patereson. Dancing–Highland Fling–1, N. L. MacLardy; 2, D. A. Nicholson; 3, Miss L. MacMimney. Highland Fling (boys under 14 years of age)–1, D. Brown; 2, A. Galbraith; 3, N. Campbell. Sword Dance–1, Miss MacMimney; 2, A. Galbraith; 3, H. MacCallum. Seann Triubhas– 1, D. A. Nicholson; 2, Miss MacMinney; 3, A. Girvan. Scotch Reel–1, N. L. MacLardy; 2, Miss MacMimney; 3, D. A. Nicholson.

OT: 5 January 1901 – “‘Se Crìoch Gach Comunn Dealachadh” Iain MacCalum

 The Oban Times, January 5, 1901

Sir, –Correspondents of the “Oban Times” have frequently complained that there was no proper Gaelic Parting Song, which could be sung on any occasion, like “Auld Lang Syne.” The accompanying song was composed by Donald Mackechnie, Edinburgh, and appeared in the “Oban Times” many years ago. It appears to me to be the most suitable for the purpose, and I suppose the reason why it was not adopted at once was that it had part of the refrain and was set to the melody of “Fionnairidh.” I have composed the accompanying melody, and got it harmonized for the purpose of bringing the song to the popular notice, and will be pleased if you can find it a place in the “Oban Times.” –I am, etc.,

Iain MacCalum


OT: 20 December 1924 – Colin Whyte et al “Ladies’ Australian Pipe Band”

The Oban Times, 20 December 1924

Ladies’ Australian Pipe Band

Gallourn, Victoria, Australia, 23rd of October, 1924

Sir,– In Gallourn, which is situated some 90 miles North-East from Melbourne, in the Electricity Commission’s generating plant, Of the 3600 men employed a fair percentage are Scottish, and of these another percentage are Highland, and therefore ardent readers of the “Oban Times,” hence this communication.
In September last the Australian Scottish Ladies’ Pipe Band arrived here and gave a first-class concert, they being en route on their world tour. The Band is under the management of Drum-Major Wm. Darwin, F.R.G.S., a man whom all Scottish Australians admire; also Pipe-Major Jessie Young, a lady who has won numerous trophies and bagpipe playing. The Band starts on their world tour towards the end of January, 1925. All members are Australian born and of Scottish parentage. We are, etc.,

Colin Whyte (Port Ellen).
William J. M. Mitchell (Stornoway)
Thomas Killen (Bowmore).

OT: 20 December 1924 – F.C. Berksford Drummond “Collection of Old Pibroch”

The Oban Times, 20 December, 1924

Collection of Old Pibroch

Eskhill, Kirriemuir, November 24, 1924

Sir,–Can you give me some information about a collection of old Pibroch, that I think has been recently published. My recollection is that I saw a notice about it lately in the “Oban Times,” and as I want to have this book of old pipe music, I think perhaps you may be able to help me. I need hardly add that I shall be much obliged. –I am, etc.,

F.C. Berksford Drummond

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