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“A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne.” Canterbury Tales, General Prologue According to Suetonius, a Roman historian during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire, Nero played a type of pipe known as the Roman reedpipes, “with his mouth as well as his armpit.” In…

Highlands & Lowlands

Scotland is divided into two distinguishable historic regions, the Highlands and the Lowlands.  Beginning in the later Middle Ages, a cultural difference appeared when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout the Lowlands.  The Highlands are located north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault.  A’ Ghàidhealtachd which means “the place of the Gaels” includes the area…

I Want A Piper, Too!

“We have heard nothing but bagpipes since we have been in the beautiful Highlands and I have become so fond of it that I mean to have a Piper, who can if you like it, pipe every night at Frogmore.” Queen Victoria, in a letter to her mother. The tradition of The Queen’s Piper dates…

Bagpipers are not silent!

Say thank you often, regularly, exuberantly, jubilantly, generously, and with arms wide open! If in doubt, follow bagpipers – they make a joyful noise! “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” G.B. Stern