Edinburgh Evening News, 25 September, 1944
The Chatty Side of the News
It is said that “Highland Laddie” is Field-Marshal Montgomery’s favourite pipe tune. If so, his taste coincides with that of many another soldier in many a civilian.
But, if he fancies, the Field-Marshal can now have his very own tune played for his delectation. It has been composed by Mr. John Grant, F.S.A., Scot., of Edinburgh, and it is entitled “Field- Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery’s March to Berlin.” The British commander, in a letter accepting the composition, said he was looking forward to hearing it played.
Mr. Grant has written a lot of pipe music, and is deeply interested in the cultivation and preservation of the art in its correct and ancient form. The Queen is among those who have accepted his compositions.
The Weekly Scotsman, 7 October, 1944
The March to Berlin
The music of the Highland bagpipes has so often been associated with deeds that have won our far-flung Empire that, now victory is in sight, it might be considered a fitting opportunity to cheer our Forces with the music which inspired their forefathers.
A new tune has been specially composed and entitled “Field- Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery’s March to Berlin.” The Commander-in-Chief has been pleased to accept it and is looking forward to hearing it played.
The composer is Mr. John Grant, Edinburgh, author of a number of publications, and deeply interested in the cultivation and preservation of a noble art in its correct and ancient form.–Piper.
The Oban Times, 14 June, 1919
The Culture of Pipe Music
All lovers of pipes are deeply indebted to the enthusiasm of Mr. W. G. Burn-Murdoch for pipe playing and pipe music. He has taken a great interest in the training of a class of boys under Mr. John Grant, and the class held its annual exhibition in Mr. Burn-Murdoch’s studio, Arthur Lodge, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, on Saturday afternoon. There were present:–Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Major and Mrs. J. P. Grant of Rothiemurchus, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. John Grant, the Rev. Neil Ross, and Mr. Fred T. MacLeod.
The junior and senior classes gave samples of the work of the past session in a creditable manner, and an interesting feature of the exhibition was the appearance of Mr. Grant’s three sons, two of whom, but tiny tots, gave every indication of great promise.
At the close of the performance Mr. Burn Murdoch congratulated Mr. Grant upon the work of the session, which had been carried on by him in spite of deep personal sorrow and difficulties arising from the prevailing epidemic of influenza. He advised the boys to aspire to be not merely members of the band, but individual pipers. Unfortunately, in the case of many bands, while the band playing was excellent, too little attention was paid to individual playing.
The Rev. Neil Ross remarked that pipers generally, and that class in particular, were very much indebted to Mr. Burn Murdoch for the interest he had all along taken in fostering the love of pipe music, and also for having made it possible to hold a competition that afternoon under ideal circumstances.
The Edinburgh Evening News
The bagpipe held a dignified position in the retinue of the Highland chieftain in the olden days, and it is still cherished by the Scottish nobility. The Duke and Duchess of York have been pleased to accept an original tune entitled “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York’s Wedding March.” The tune was presented in beautifully illuminated Celtic design.
The author is Pipe Major John Grant, 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, the well-known composer and author of several works in pipe music.