Set of Highland 'Reel' bagpipes

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by Gavin MacDougall, Aberfeldy, early 20th century

Postcard of Set of Highland 'Reel' bagpipes.
© National Museums Scotland

Set of Highland 'Reel' bagpipes

Set of Highland 'Reel' bagpipes or Lovat Reel pipes of ebony made by Gavin MacDougall of Aberfeldy in the early 20th century. This instrument is smaller in size than the conventional 'Great Highland Bagpipe' or Piob Mhor but is at the same pitch. The bag cover in wool tartan is the Gordon sett. The pipes belonged to Stanley Gillies.

The bagpipe making firm of MacDougall of Aberfeldy was a family who by tradition had been pipers to the MacDougalls of Dunollie in Lorne, Argyll. Allan MacDougall, born in 1864, opened a shop in Perth in 1792 making bagpipes and including Union pipes, and he was succeeded by his son John MacDougall in Aberfeldy in 1834. John's son Duncan (1837-1898) took over his father's business in 1857 and, after a move to Edinburgh about 1861, he returned to Perthshire and set up shop in Aberfeldy in 1872.

His son, Gavin MacDougall, carried on bagpipe making, also with a Royal Warrant as Bagpipe Maker to Edward VII, from about 1900 until his death in 1928 when the business closed.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-679-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.799 (2)
Date: Early 20th century (date of manufacture)
Material: Ebony
What: Highland 'Reel' pipes
Who: Gavin MacDougall (manufacturer)
Stanley Gillies (owner)
The Museum of Piping, Glasgow (place of display)
Where: Scotland, Aberfeldy (place of manufacture)
Description: Set of Highland 'Reel' bagpipes of ebony.
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