OT: 18 August 1923 – Amateur Piper “Piobaireachd Playing at Cowal Gathering”

The Oban Times, 18 August, 1923

Piobaireachd Playing at Cowal Gathering

Inverness, 6 August 1923

Sir,– I was much interested in the various letters which have appeared in your paper regarding the above, especially to the references made to the old champion piobaireachd players who are still to the fore. It is curious, however, that all your correspondents omitted to mention the most famous of all these veterans, namely, Mr. Alex. Cameron; Achnacarry, Spean Bridge, well-known among professionals as “The King of Pipers.” “Sandy,” as he is familiarly called, was taught by his father, the famous Donald Cameron, of Brahan Castle, and at the age of seventeen he was successful in taking 1st prize for piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting at Inverness. Probably he is the only man living who really has a knowledge of piobaireachd as played by the MacCrimmons. It is men like Mr. Cameron who should judge piping at Highland gatherings, instead of judges who are appointed because they have a certain social position in their respective districts. –I am, etc.,

Amateur Piper