OT: 21 July 1923 – A Canadian Scot “Encouraging Young Bagpipe Players”

The Oban Times, 21 July, 1923

Encouraging Young Bagpipe Players

25th June, 1923

Sir,–I observed that the Committee of the Cowal Gathering, who are leaving no stone unturned to promote the success of the piping contests, has started a competition for boys of 18 years of age and under.

This is a step in the right direction, and should be greatly appreciated by young players. A number of promising pipers have been trained by such able exponents of piping as J. MacKenzie, Oban; Wm. Gray, Glasgow; John MacColl, late of Oban, now of Glasgow; Wm. Ross, Edinburgh; and others. Ross has been doing good work, I understand, in Islay and Mull.

I should like the Committees of Highland Gatherings to follow the example of the Cowal Committee, and provide competitions for boys. This would do a great deal to encourage young players to learn piobaireachd . –I am, etc.,

A Canadian Scot