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

OT: 13 December 1924 – Torquil W. McLeod “Bagpipe Makers In Scotland”

The Oban Times, 13 December, 1924

Bagpipe Makers In Scotland

2 Bank Street, Ross-shire, 8th November, 1924

Sir, –I should like, with your kind permission, to ask through the columns of your esteemed paper, whether any of your readers could supply me with the names, places of abode, and approximate dates of any of the bagpipe-makers known at any time in Scotland, down to within recent years. Any information on this subject, or relating to sources of information, will be highly appreciated, and any details of bagpipe manufacture at any time be welcomed.
Wishing your interesting paper continued success, –I am, etc.,

Torquil W. McLeod

OT: 13 December 1924 – George Mackay “Piobaireachd”

The Oban Times, December 13, 1924


65 Harrison Road, Edinburgh, 7th December, 1924

Sir,–Your correspondent “Crunluath” was already familiar with the tune “Prince’s Salute,” and as he had the published version, there was no necessity for great technical accuracy in the copy sent him, as it was merely intended to show the difference in a note here, or a group of notes there, and, as a matter of fact, was much more accurate generally than is considered necessary between players, even in a new piece.

It had the virtue of showing the melody in clear and unmistakable terms, and this, I take it, is the essential thing, for it matters little how the music score adheres to formula if it fails to give a true record of the composer’s song.

I attach little importance to piffling technicalities where piobaireachd is concerned, as in this connection, an ounce of instinctive knowledge is worth a ton of the dotted crotchet variety. –I am, etc.,

George MacKay

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