The Highland Bagpipe: The Impact of the Highland Societies of London and Scotland, 1781-1844

MacInnes, Ian. The Highland Bagpipe: The Impact of the Highland Societies of London and Scotland, 1781-1844. University of Edinburgh, M. Litt. 1988.

A tour de force.  If nothing else, this is a must read for the student of pibroch, outlining as it does the significant impact which the Societies had upon today’s performance of pibroch – from the martial background of comportment and dress, to the creation of the major competitions of the 19th century, to the resulting standardization and reduction of pibroch structure. This is broken into several files (not cleanly). To the best degree possible, we will indicate what the files contents contain.

Introduction and Chapter One (Bagpipe in Clan Society)

Chapter One (Late 18th Century, Highland Societies) and Chapter Two (Competition: 1781-1785)

Chapter Two (Competition and Race Week, Judging and Management, Triennial Competitions)

Chapter Two (The Gold Medal, 1835; Dancing; Dress; Piping, Poetry and Song: 1781-1832; Prizes and Expense Payments)

Chapter Two (The Instrument) and Chapter Three (The Pipers, Estate Pipers)

Chapter Three (The Army, Society Pipers)

Chapter Three (Society Pipers) and Chapter Four (The Music: Preamble)

Chapter Four (The Music: Tune Data from the Competition Records, The Repertoire, New Compsoitions, “March” as a Generic Term, Confusion between Salutes and Laments)

Chapter Four (The Music: Piobaireachd Society Titles in Need of Amendment, Tune Structure: The Repetition of the Urlar, Other Aspects of Tune Structure, Sources: Joseph MacDonald [1739-c1761])

Chapter Four (Sources: Highland Society Notation Awards 1804-1844; Angus MacArthur [1820]; Donald MacDonald [c.1749-8140])

Chapter Four (Sources: Angus MacKay [1813-1859])

Chapter Four (Sources: Later Collections; The Notation Styles of Donald MacDonald and Angus MacKay)

Chapter Four (Sources: The Notation Styles of Donald MacDonald and Angus MacKay; The Enduring Influence of the MacKay School)

Chapter Five (Summary and Conclusions) and Appendices

Appendices and Bibliography

Bibliography