Box for housing a set of Union bagpipes

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owned by William Mackie, Aberdeen, 19th century

Postcard of Box for housing a set of Union bagpipes.
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Box for housing a set of Union bagpipes

Pipe box or wooden bagpipe carrying case of stained and polished mahogany, 19th century. Lined with green baize. For housing a set of Union bagpipes (H.1995.795.1) that belonged to William Mackie.

The Union Bagpipe was developed for chamber music and light opera performance in the early 18th century. It is a form of bellows-blown chamber bagpipe which survives today in the versatile Irish Uilleann pipe. In the early form, it was a popular and fashionable musical instrument but now it is not generally seen beyond museum collections. It had a wider melodic range than the standard bagpipe and this was achieved in the early stages by overblowing and later by adding keys to the chanter. 'Regulators', which were stopped pipes with keys and mounted with the drones, were added to the instrument in the second half of the 18th century and were used to provide chord accompaniment to the chanter. The Union Bagpipe was used for orchestral performance in the ballad opera tradition of the 18th century and later for operatic arrangements of the Ossian Cycle.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-831-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2002.1367.1
Date: 19th century (date of manufacture)
Material: Mahogany and baize
Dimensions: 645 mm L x 277 mm W x 112 mm Depth
What: Pipe box
Who: William Mackie (owner)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeen (place of ownership)
Description: Box for housing bagpipes, made of mahogany and lined with green baize.
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