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Bagpipes, associated with Argyllshire Highlanders (74th Regiment of Foot)

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Postcard of Bagpipes, associated with Argyllshire Highlanders (74th Regiment of Foot).
000-180-002-317-C
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Bagpipes, associated with Argyllshire Highlanders (74th Regiment of Foot)

This set of Highland bagpipes is said to have belonged to Piper MacCorquodale, who played when Argyllshire Highlanders (74th Regiment of Foot) was being recruited by Lieutenant-Colonel John Campbell of Barbreck in 1778. Both men had previously served in the 78th Fraser's Highlanders (1756-63). It is assumed that the instrument was the product of a professional workshop. It may have been the work of MacKinnon or Fraser of Greenock in the second half of the 18th century. This set of pipes is certainly old by surviving wind-instrument standards - it is exceptional to discover 18th-century sets of Highland bagpipes.

The pipes have a chanter and three drones, comprising two tenors and a bass. The chanter shows extreme wear on the finger holes consistent with long usage. Themouthpiece is probably turned from cocus wood. The pipes are mounted with ivory, bone and horn.

Piping was traditionally associated with the call to arms in the Highlands, and was deliberately used to attract Highland recruits for the British army.


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Online ID: 000-180-002-317-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1998.1130
Date: 18th century
Possibly second half of the 18th century
Material: Cocus wood ?; ivory; bone; silk tartan ribbon
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What: Bagpipes
Subject:
Who: Argyllshire Highlanders / 74th Regiment of Foot (A)
Colonel John Campbell of Barbreck
MacKinnon and Fraser of Greenock (Possible maker)
Piper MacCorquodale (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Argyllshire
Event:
Description: Argyllshire Highlanders / 74th Regiment of Foot - MacCorquodale's Pipes, full-sized Highland bagpipes said to have belonged to Piper MacCorquodale who played for recruiting and at the formation of the regiment which was raised in 1778, 18th century
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