Prose and Poetic Works

The published and unpublished prose and poetic works of John Grant

The Royal Collection of Piobaireachd, 1st edition

The Royal Collection of Piobaireachd, 2nd edition


Piobaireachd: Its Origin and Construction – Part 1

Piobaireachd: Its Origin and Construction – Part 2

Piobaireachd: Its Origin and Construction – Part 3

Piobaireachd: Its Origin and Construction – Part 4


The Pipes of War


“Piobaireachd” Poem #1 – Oban Times 2 June 1911

“Piobaireachd” Poem #2 – Oban Times 2 June 1911

The Silver Chanter (a novel)

The Abercairny Poems (25 September 1902)

The following poems, composed by John Grant, were probably prefatory to his “Highland Pipe Music / Collected and Carefully Copied By Iain Grandach / From the collections of proffessional [sic] players / Abercairny House / June 1901.” The decorative scroll-work on each page is identical to the extant music leaves of this collection housed at Abercairny Estate, Crieff. Since Grant departed Abercairny in May 1902 for employment in Edinburgh, the question is begged how poetry written after his departure from the estate found its way back there. Grant, by his own testimony, cannibalized his collections over the years for friends across the world who wanted a copy of one tune or another. A packet of these–the collection at Abercairny–which contains out takes of the collection entitled above along with these poems, was given to John Drummond-Moray by his friend Bill Clemment at the Atholl Highlander Parade about May 1998. John, in turn, sent a copy (Bill had made two–one for each brother) to William Drummon-Moray, the current lord of Abercairny. I in indebted to him and his son-in-law, Daniel Parker, for allowing me to photograph these documents. Also a very special “thank you” to Dugald MacNeill, who chauffeured me around Perthshire in order to make the trip to the estate.

Ben Greig


Loch Rannoch Moor


The 1932 Poems



The Highland Bagpipe Instructor (1928, 1941-43) (Four volumes placed together for the first time as Grant intended them.)

Fo gheas mi Pioba (Under the Spell of the Pipes) (John Grant’s fact-filled and entertaining autobiography.

The Highland Bagpipe Instructor (Vol. 1) (John Grant’s Bagpipe Tutor from 1941-43.)

The Highland Bagpipe Instructor (Vol. 2)

Music Anthology

The Great Highland Bagpipe and Its Music (1930) Grant’s huge 4-volume compendium of all things related to the GHB. With beautiful water-colours by John Mantach Grant. (Downloadable but not printable due to copyright restrictions). PDF’s are all bookmarked for your PDF software to access.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

The Family Piper (1945)  

The Family Piper Music Anthology  (1945)