Set of bellows-blown Lowland bagpipes

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Scotland, late 18th or early 19th century

Postcard of Set of bellows-blown Lowland bagpipes.
© National Museums Scotland

Set of bellows-blown Lowland bagpipes

Set of Lowland bagpipes, bellows-blown, with two tenor drones and a bass drone mounted in a single stock. This instrument, like many of its period, has no maker's name on it, but would have been made by a turner or pipe maker in one of the Lowland burghs in the late 18th or early 19th century.

The Lowland pipes, or Border bagpipe, was a distinctive instrument by the 18th century. It has a chanter and three drones - two tenors and a bass - and sounded and tuned as the Great Highland bagpipe but would generally not have produced such a strident and carrying sound.

A distinguishing characteristic was the mounting of the three drones in a common stock, and the use of bellows strapped under the arm to provide a supply of air. Such a bagpipe would sometimes be described as a 'cauld wind pipe', in contrast to the mouth-blown bagpipe in which the player's breath was hot and lurid. The lowland pipes were the instrument favoured by the Town or Burgh Piper of Lowland Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-729-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LT 53
Date: 18th century (period when instrument became associated with town pipers)
Late 18th - early 19th century (date of manufacture)
What: Lowland bagpipes
Who: The Museum of Piping, Glasgow (place of display)
Where: Scotland (place of manufacture)
Description: Set of Lowland bagpipes with three drones in a single stock.
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