“It’s said the Highland Games originate from Ireland in 2000 BC and that they crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations of the Scotti into Dalriada (Argyll) and beyond. Scotland.org The Highland Games is one of Scotland’s oldest and most treasured traditions. It is a celebration of Scottish and CelticContinue reading “At the Highland Games ScotFestBC”
Category Archives: Bagpipers
There Are More Stories
“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.” InContinue reading “There Are More Stories”
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 areaContinue reading “Highlands & Lowlands”
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 datesContinue reading “I Want A Piper, Too!”
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
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