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Old 05-19-2018, 10:22 PM   #41
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Ah, quite right about the piper of the 25th (pictured above), wearing reversed colors like a regular musician. I forgot about that painting, altho' I do have it in a book I have someplace on the shelves.

Interesting to see another picture (also above) of Cpl. Piper Campbell (Camerons) also with an Erracht Cameron bag cover (not green). I wish I knew more about why this sometimes occurs.

In the Canadian pipers photo, some of those tartans look like the MacGregor. So, Essex Scottish, perhaps?

Col. David Murray, a wartime Cameron Highlanders officer, in an interview in the documentary "Battlelines," talks about how the Camerons resented their pipers being ordered into the Royal Stuart tartan in 1943 and that they didn't even get around to getting re-kitted until long after the war, c. 1948, when the subject came up for some ceremonial affair. I'd like to see some photos of Cameron pipers after 1944 and before 1948 showing them in anything BUT Cameron tartan, to confirm or refute this.

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Old 05-21-2018, 07:22 PM   #42
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Looks like 4 Scots (Highlanders) pipers, besides wearing the Cameron of Erracht kilt, also wear the Gordon bag cover and MacKenzie pipe ribbon.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:20 PM   #43
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I was inspired by this discussion to search out a copy of that record of the Cameron Highlanders pipes and drums with PM MacRae on the cover. I regret parting with it now, all those years ago (back in the late 70s or early 80s), but found a replacement via eBay. Got it (from Canada) a few weeks ago. The first track has a bad skip in the first tune but everything else checks out fine. Yes, the sound quality is acceptable, better than I'd remembered it (maybe my old stereo was not as good as what I have now?), and the record does have a lot of unusual tunes and some novel arrangements. Well worth the repurchase!
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