OT: 5 June 1926 [unsigned] “Scottish Pipers’ Society Annual Competition” [report]

The Oban Times, 5 June, 1926

Scottish Pipers Society
Annual Competition in Edinburgh

 The annual competition of the Scottish Pipers Society was held in the Drill Hall, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, on Wednesday, 29th May. The strike having interfered in various ways with the arrangements of prospective competitors, the number of members entering for the competitions were somewhat less than last year.

The members of the Society present included:–Lieut. Colonel John Logan, Achtertyre, V.D., Lochalsh; Lieut. Colonel J. D. Boswell of Auchinleck; Major D.H. Huie, Mr. W. G. Burn-Murdoch, Mr. J. Graham Campbell, yr. of Shirvan, Lochgilphead; Brig.-General E. Craig-Brown, D.S.O., Mr. George Brown, advocate, Mr. John Methuen, hon. secretary; Mr. John Longmore, Mr. Seton Gordon, Mr. J.A. Hunter of Inchmartin; Major W.D. Allan, O.B.E., Chief Constable of Argyllshire; Mr. J.D.C. Hendry, Geilston, Cardross; Lieut. Colonel C.C. Murray,C.M.G., Fingland, Campsie Glen; Mr. J.M. Clavering, Blanefield; Mr. Mackenzie Shaw of Auchenleish, hon. treasurer.

Dr. G.L. Malcolm Smith, F.R.C.P.E., Mr. Francis M. Caird, Mr. Ian MacAlastair Moffat-Pender, Major J.C. Simpson, Rev. Neil Ross, B.D., Laggan; Rev. T. Radcliffe Barnett, Ph.D., Mr. C.E.W. MacPherson, C.A., Rev. K. Nigel Mackenzie, Mr. J.A. MacLaren-Stewart of Ardvorlich, Mr. C.D. Mactaggart, Mr. F. Maclean Richardson, Mr. J. Alastair Anderson, yr. of Tullichewan, Mr. W.J. Officer, Mr. H. Normand MacLaurin, Mr. F.C.S. Lorimer, Mr. James Guthrie, Mr. A.C.D. Goodall, and Mr. E. Macdiarmid, hn. Pipe-Major.

The guests included:–Mr. W.L. Calderwood, Rev. Duncan MacRae, Dr. George Logan, Dr. Goodall, Mr. Parkhouse, London, Lieut. Colonel Lodge with Mr. H. Hogarth, Mr. D. Marr, Mr. R.S. Watson, from Fettes College; Mr. Matheson, Mr. Donald Shaw, S.S.C., president, Highland Pipers Society; Mr. Herbert S. Shiel, S.S.C., Highland Pipers Society.

These were also present:–Pipe-Major William Ross, late Scots Guards; Pipe-Major Duff, Pipe-Major W.M. Taylor, Dunblane; Pipe-Major J. Taylor, Pipe-Major James Sutherland, Messrs. John MacColl, Charles McEchran, Malcolm Johnston, Sinclair, John Grant, George Mackay, Hugh Mackay, Robertson, G. MacLeod, Roderick Campbell and Mutch and others. The prize winners were:–

Piobaireachd–1. and winner of the Strathcona Challenge Cup and the Macdiarmid prize, Mr. F.M. Caird, with “The desperate battle,” 2. Mr. J. Graham Campbell with “The big spree,” 3. Rev. Neil Ross, with “Donald Duachal Mackay.”

Marches open to the whole Society–1 and winner of the Cup presented by the late Mr. Frank Adam, Mr. Francis M. Caird; 2. Mr. C.D. Mactaggart; 3, Mr. J. Graham Campbell.

Strathspey and Reel–1. and winner of the cup presented by the late Mr. W. Stuart, Mr. J. Graham Campbell.

Marches open to Members who had not previously won a prize–1, and winner of the Allan Gilmour Quaich, Mr. James Guthrie; 2, Mr. F.C.S. Lorimer; 3, Mr. F. McLean Richardson.

Dancing. Highland Fling–1. Mr. H. Normand Maclaurin; 2, Major W.D. Allan.

Dancing. Reel–1. Major W.D. Allan; 2, Rev. K Nigel Mackenzie.

Mr. Maclaurin being winner of the Fling, although placed first in the Reel was disqualified from receiving first prize for that dance.

The judges were–For piping–Major D.H. Huie, John MacColl, and Charles McEchran, and for dancing, Mr. J. Graham Campbell, and Pipe Major Taylor, Dunblane.

The competitions started at 5 p.m., and ended about 11 p.m., after which selections were played by the Society’s band and reel dancing was taken part in.