355 – Highland Bagpipe Music by George S. McLennan

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.


I       1929

Highland bagpipe music / compiled by George S. McLennan Published by / George S. McLennan, 2, Bath Street, Aberdeen

Below the title: Copyright Price 2/6
p [1], title; p [2], index; pp 3-44, tunes (58); p [45] blank; pp [46-48], advertisements.

  • British Library.* Library binding. 7. 0 x 9.5″.
  • Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Unnamed Private Collection.

At the foot of p 3 is the note, ‘Copyright, MCMXXIX, by George S. McLennan’.

The cover (but not the title-page) has ‘Book I’ at top left; the index page is headed ‘Contents of Book 1’. Pipe-Major MacLennan had planned to publish another similar book, but his death in 1929 prevented this. The proofs of Book I were corrected and the book published during his last illness. (Information supplied to Askew by Mrs. G. S. MacLennan).

One of the tunes is a pibroch, ‘The Lament for Lieutenant John McLennan’. It is laid out across two centre pages which fold out further to give a sheet 27″ across. These unnumbered pages fall between pp 23 and 24. For a biographical note on the compiler, see the Piping Times, April 1973.

II      c1956

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p [1], title; p [2], index; pp 3-44. tunes (58); pp [45-46] blank.

  • The Author’s Collection.

This reprint was advertised, price 4s. 6d., in the Piping Times, November 1956, and reviewed in the same journal, January 1957,

III      c1970

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Contents same as edition 1.

  • The Author’s Collection.

Inside the front cover is an advertisement that has the Royal Warrant for bagpipe making. This was granted in 1966.

Unicorn Limited Inc in USA offers a reproduction on CD. See www.scotpress.com.


  • Rev 00.

© Geoff Hore