Jack Abbot remembers the early days of the Society

Mr Finlay McGilliveray (retired farmer and former Eagle Pipers’ Society member) was a member for many years and visited the Society regularly with his wife.  I never found out whether he could actually play pipes or if he was just an enthusiast.  On the occasions I was present, he used to always shout to me, “Abbott play The Rowan Tree”.  I don’t think he ever actually spoke in a normal voice or used Christian names, possibly through being slightly deaf.  After a few months I asked him one night why he liked this melody when he informed me that it was his first wife’s favourite tune and he liked it played in her honour!  He didn’t seem to be perturbed about the effect this may have had on his current, second wife, but she would just smile indicating it didn’t trouble her too much.”

Jack Abbott


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