OT: 15 November 2014 – [unsigned] “The Scottish Pipers’ Society Annual Meeting”



The Oban Times, 15 November, 1924

The Scottish Pipers’ Society
Annual Meeting

The forty-third annual general meeting of the Scottish Pipers’ Society was held on 3rd November–Mr. John Bartholomew, O.B.E., of Glenorchard, in the chair. Among those present were:–Colonel J. D. Boswell of Auchinleck, Major W. C. Leckie Ewing, Mr. Matthew Henry, W.S.; Mr. John Longmore, Mr. George Brown, advocate; Mr. John Methuen, hon. secretary; Major F. B. Machinjay. Dr. J. Colin Caird, hon. Pipe-Major.

Mr. M.S. Shaw, W.S., of Auchenleishm hon. treasurer; Dr. G. L. Malcolm Smith, Mr. K. Nigel Mackenzie, Mr. C.E.W. MacPherson, C.A.; Major Ian C. Stewart (Fasnacloich).  Mr. A.F. Balfour Paul, M.C.; Mr. Eaun Macdiarmid, Mr. Francis M. Caird, Captain W.F. St. Clair, Mr. W. J. Officer, Mr. F. M. Richardson, Mr. T. Evershed Thomson, Mr. C.D. Mactaggart.

The following office-bearers were elected:–

Honorary Pipe-Major–Dr. J. C. Caird.
Honorary Secretary–Mr. John Methuen.
Honorary Treasurer–Mr. MacKenzie S. Shaw.

Committee–Colonel J.D. Boswell, Dr.G.L. Malcolm Smith, Mr. Euan Macdiarmid (hon. Pipe-Corporal), Mr. K. Nigel Mackenzie, Mr. Francis M. Caird.
The Committee’s report showed the total membership of the Society, including both honorary and ordinary members to be 296. A was held in the Albyn Rooms, 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, on 29th February–Mr. John Bartholomew, O.B.E., of Glenorchard in the chair– and proved a great success. The company hundred thirty-six including two members of the Glasgow Highland Club. Mr. W.G. Burn Murdoch proposed “The Immortal Memory of MacCrimmon.” Pipe-major W. Ross played “MacCrimmon’s Lament” and “Macgregor’s Gathering.”

The annual competition was held on 19th April at the Drill Hall, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh. The judges were–for piping, Mr. Somerled MacDonald, Mr. W.L. Calderwood, Pipe-Major Reid, Shettleston, and Pipe-Major Mackenzie, K.O.S.B. and for dancing, Major Stirling, Major F.B. Mackinlay, and Mr. J.A. Gordon.
The society gave a Silver Star and £2 at the Argyllshire Gathering. It also gave a Silver Star to the Northern Meeting. Silver Stars were sent to South Uist and Barra Highland Gathering, the Skye Gathering, and the Mull Highland Meeting.

Two silver-mounted practising chanters were competed for at the Officers’ Training Corps Camp at Stobs, from the “Longmore Fund.” The Committee also decided to present at this camp 4 kilt pins as prizes for a competition in reel dancing for school teams, and a Sgian Dubh as a prize for individual dancing of Highland Fling.
A framed photograph of Lieut.-Colonel Neill D. Campbell was presented to the Society by Major Ian C. Stewart (Fasnacloich), and has been hung in the Club Room. A photograph of Mr. Frank Adam, who has done so much for the Society in the East, has also been placed on the wall.

An ornamental paper knife, gifted to the Society by the Scottish Society of Marlborough, New Zealand, was handed into the Hon. Secretary’s office on 11th June, by a member of that Society. The New Zealand Society propose that it be given as a prize for Piobaireachd in 1924, but as the competition was over, it is proposed to have a special competition for this prize on 7th January, 1925.

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