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Old 12-24-2018, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Famous historical people who played pipes

Does anyone know any famous amateur bagpipe players from history?

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Old 12-24-2018, 02:30 PM   #2
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Donald Macdonald? Wrote the Compleat Theory. He worked for the East India Company.

Is that the sort of thing you are after? Can you elaborate a bit on your request?
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:35 PM   #3
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I suppose I am hoping to learn that someone well known from the past was a bagpipe player? Charlie Chaplin played the cello well. That sort of thing for bagpipes. Thanks


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Old 12-24-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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Donald Macdonald? Wrote the Compleat Theory. He worked for the East India Company.

Is that the sort of thing you are after? Can you elaborate a bit on your request?
UMmm.... Joseph MacDonald?

Died not long after arrival.
Wrote the 'Compleat Theory'
(most of it anyhow) while
on the voyage.
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Old 12-24-2018, 03:16 PM   #5
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UMmm.... Joseph MacDonald?

Died not long after arrival.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:18 PM   #6
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Does anyone know any famous amateur bagpipe players from history?
The emperor Nero allegedly played the bagpipes...
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:04 PM   #7
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King Edward VIII/the Duke of Windsor played the pipes.


Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have learned to play the pipes while he was in Scotland during the '45 rising. This could easily be part of the romantic myth surrounding him; however, there may be a kernel of truth in the claim as there are two sets of bagpipes preserved in Scotland that are attributed to Bonnie Prince Charlie and both of them are of th "Musette de Cour" type. That is, both are a kind of Baroque French shuttle pipe, which would not be implausible as an instrument played by someone like Bonnie Prince Charlie - an aristocrat who grew up on the Continent.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:50 PM   #8
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The current Prince Charles had a few lessons but never went far.
And for an entertaining read, Captain Mad Jack Churchill:
https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/da...ed-of-warrior/
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Old 12-24-2018, 11:43 PM   #9
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The emperor Nero allegedly played the bagpipes...


I wonder if he used cane or synthetic drone reeds?
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:32 AM   #10
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Glen Campbell, Bon Scott, and Phil Collins.

If you're counting famous musicians, who are primarily known for other types of music.

Also, he's from literature and not real history, but I love to point out that the Miller from the Canterbury Tales played the bagpipes.

Curious to see what others turn up.
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