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Old 05-09-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default Duke Of Windsor

I'm not a history buff, but I had a question. Did not the Duke of Windsor who abdicated the throne of England in 1936 play the pipes?
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Old 05-09-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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Yes. He wrote a tune called Mallorca which is fairly well known. I recall seeing a photograph of him playing, but a quick search on line doesn't come up with a copy of it.

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Old 05-09-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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I suppose I should have asked if he was an accomplished player?
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Old 05-09-2005, 04:40 PM   #4
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Ian: The picture is published in Jeannie Campbell's book, in the chapter on MacDougall. His attitude as a (fairly young) player does not really reveal an "accomplished player" - anyway, who knows if Mrs. Simpson ever let him play the pipes again after they married?
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Old 05-09-2005, 04:41 PM   #5
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There is an article on what are possibly his pipes in the January 2005 Piping Times - this excerpt is on the College of Piping's website - I too searched for his photo for a while, with no luck, though everything is on the internet

From our interesting story on King Edward VIII’s bagpipe….‘ When King Edward left Buckingham Palace to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson he
left the pipes with P/M MacDonald for ‘safe keeping’. Over the many decades following P/M MacDonald at no time said that they belonged to him though he played them regularly and competed with them…’
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Old 05-10-2005, 06:04 AM   #6
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My understanding is that the Duke of Windsor, though he could play the pipes, was not a particularly good player. He did come up with the melody of 'Mallorca' which another piper helped him by writing out the tune for him. 'Mallorca' is published in the "Seaforth Highlanders Collection.

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Old 05-13-2005, 12:46 PM   #7
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I have a friend who now owns a silver set of MacDougalls that was owned by the duke.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:36 AM   #8
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Pipe Major Albert (bert) Barron had the Duke of Windsor's bagpipes.
i have a photograph of him playing them when i visited him at St Andrews,
some years ago, in a later visit he told me he reluctantly sold them.
They were very beautifully carved on the drones and stocks and silver mounted. I wonder where they are now?
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #9
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The royal salute in Canada is once through Mallorca first part. The Vice Regal Salute, for the Governor-General or the Lieutenant Governor of a province, is the last four bars of Mallorca with the first four note of the national anthem (Oh Can a da) tacked on.

I think it is quite a lovely tune and that it is a shame that the whole piece isn't more frequently played.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:28 AM   #10
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Jimmy,
I sold the pipes to your friend.
Aussie,
I had the pipes from PM Barron, through a few different parties in the process.
They are in good hands.
I also just purchased some negative off of Ebay of the painter doing the portrait of PM Alex MacDonald, holding the pipes. I know that a colour photo of this protrait has appeared on the cover of the PT.
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