505 – McCullough’s Irish Warpipe Tutor and Tune Book by William N Andrews. The McCullough Bagpipe Tune Book, Book 2 by Frank Sterling


An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.



Book 1

1      c1924

McCullough’s / Irish warpipe tutor / and / tune book

McCullough’s Limited / Dublin and Belfast.

 Below title: Price 2/6 nett.

p [1], title; p [2], foreword; p [3], preface; pp 4-10, instructions etc,, p 11, notes on maintenance; pp 12-36, tunes 50.

  • British Library, London.  Paper covers. 6.9 x 9.9″. Received 22 May 1924.
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC. Paper covers. Date-stamped 2 June 1924 but dated [c. 1925] in the card catalogue.
  • National Library of Ireland, Dublin.  The catalogue entry reads: MacAndrieu (Liam): McCullagh’s Irish Warpipe tutor and tune book, 36 pp. sm. ob. fol. [1926].
  • National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.
  • Black Gate Museum, Newcastle.

The index is printed inside the front cover. The foreword is signed, Francis Joseph Biggar, and the preface, Liam MacAndrieu, Cumann na Piobre.

Askew did not list this book in his bibliography (1932) but later he learned of it from Sean O Casaide. In a letter dated 20 November 1933 O Casaide mentioned the book and estimated the date as c. l924. Later he presented Askew with a copy and wrote, ‘The author Liam MacAndreis (the William Andrews of O Neill’s great book Irish Music and Musicians) was here ere last night with his Union pipes and we had a feast of music from him. He gave me the date of publication of his Tutor – so in your bibliography you can insert the date [1926] in square brackets.’ In spite of this authoritative statement, the date 1924 seems established by the library accession dates.

 The date [1926] alluded to above may be the date of the second edition. Whether edition 2 is the one described by Cannon below or the unknown edition located by the present writer is not known.

 1a      No date


Contents as 1.

  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.

This book differs from editions 1 and 2 in that it does not have the word ‘Limited’ in the imprint. Neither does it have the words ‘Made in England’ in the titlepage. The price of 2/6 suggests it may have been published after edition one but before edition 2. 

2      No date

Title and imprint as I. Below title: Price 3/6 nett

Below imprint: Made in England

Contents as I.

On sale 1960. Paper covers. 7.0 x 10.0”.

According to a brief notice in the Piping Times (September 1970), it was in about 1900 that the firm of Daniel McCullough, Belfast, started to manufacture Irish war-pipes, under the direction of David Glen of Edinburgh, the idea having first been suggested by Mr. F. J. Biggar.

William Andrews was a player of both Irish Union pipes and war-pipes. At the time of the First World War he was engaged to lead a pipe band attached to Trinity College, Dublin: ‘From that time onward he spent his life teaching, playing, making and selling pipes and pipe chanters. He lived for piping, by piping and on piping. And his fund of stories in connection with piping seemed to be inexhaustible.’ He was well known through correspondence with the late Pipe-Major W. Gray and he contributed a monthly series of articles to the magazine Piping and Dancing, under the penname ‘Slainte’.

 He died on 13 November 1939 (obituary, Piping and Dancing, December 1939). His portrait is reproduced in A. Baines, Bagpipes, Oxford 1960, plate XVI c.


Book 2

1      1967


p [1], title; p [2], index; p [3], Foreword; pp 4-43, music (53); p [44], blank.

  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.  From the Angus A MacIntyre’s collection.

At the foot of page 4 is the copyright statement with the date 1967.  The Foreword is signed by Frank Sterling and he compiled the book.


  • Rev 00. (20 October 2008)
  • Rev 01. (8 May 2011).  Amends a number of minor errors and expands upon the comments to the unknown edition of Book 1.
  • Rev 02.  (8 April 2015).  Format changed for bibliography.altpibroch.com. The edition numbering changed from Roman to Arabic numerals.

© Geoff Hore 2015