Photographs-Old and New
Some of the photgraphs are quite old and not all the information regarding who is who and the background/location may be available so if you have any information that would help please get in touch.
Eagle Pipers’ annual trip to Blair Atholl, early 1970s. Not all the faces are known but from left to right…..
Pat Sandeman, Ronnie Ackroyd, Paddy Atkinson, (balmoral chap unknown) Nigel Malcolm-Smith, John Kerr, D R MacLennan, George Stoddart, Tom Rae, James Burnett? Ian Cameron, Ramsay Borthwick.
The gents on the right are at present unknown.
D. R. MacLennan was a great stalwart of Edinburgh piping and he and his wife Jean were very much part of the social scene.
He was born in Edinburgh in 1901, son of Lieutenant and Edinburgh Police Superintendent John McLennan, well known authority on pipe music and one of the most prominent piping figures of the day. D. R. was a younger half-brother of G. S. McLennan and a cousin to the almost equally famous Highland dancer and piper William McLennan. Originally taught pipes by his father, he was later a pupil of Willie Ross and John MacDonald of Inverness.
He enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1919, but transferred in 1925 to the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George, where he was named Pipe Major of the 1st Battalion. He would hold this post for 13 years. He returned to Fort George in 1938 and spent the war years as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Infantry Training Centre until he was commissioned into the Seaforths. He retired as a Captain in 1948.
He won prizes as a piper, dancer and athlete early in his career, though he would not win the premier prizes until 1956, having been talked into returning to the competition platform by friends a few years earlier. He justified their faith in him by achieving the extraordinary feat of winning the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness in the same year at the age of 55.
D. R. MacLennan (Donald) died on February 7, 1984. the then Pipe Major John A. MacLellan,of the Army School of Piping, piped at his funeral.
Below is a wedding photograph of George and Margaret Stoddart. Late 70’s?
The photograph below is dated March 23rd 1974 and is of members and friends of the Eagle Pipers’ Society at their annual dinner in the Merlin Hotel in Edinburgh.
The two below are probably from the mid 70’s when the Eagle Pipers’ used to make an annual pilgrimage up to Blair Atholl.
Where it all began for the current Hon President and Hon Pipe Major Colin Maclellan and Euan Anderson
Colin on the left, Euan on the right and George Brown behind Euan. Nick Ross is the hairy guy on Bass. The Heriots Pipe band, Goldenacre playing fields, sports day, circa 1973?
The photograph below will be slightly later taken at the Scottish Schoolboys competition. Jimmy Catherwood was the drumming instructor at heriots for many years. Euan Anderson at the back and Douglas Hamilton from and centre. The picture on the right is Jimmy ‘the one’ Catherwood in his early days.
The following two photos are rare picture of the late Donnie Manson who for many years was the proprietor of the Glen Mhor Hotel on the river bank. Donnie was a huge piping enthusiast and member of the Eagles.These would have been taken around 1979/80.
The one to the right features Jimmy and Anne Anderson in the company of Iain and Marjory McLeod, probably taken in the late 60’s.
Iain was a top solo player and of course led the world famous Edinburgh City police band. Jimmy was the secretary of the band for a couple of years and later went on to become a President of the Eagle Pipers’
P/M David Aitken BEM who originally served in the Highland Light Infantry with Willie McDonald. He became Pipe Major of the Royal Highland Fusiliers and served under Capt. John MacLellan as the Piper Major of the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh Castle where he retired as WO1.David was married to Gem Ross, daughter of Andrew Ross. Andrew Ross ran the business from 1951 to 1954, when under the term of an agreement he inherited J & R Glen Bagpipes. Andrew died in 1979 and the Glen business closed shortly thereafter. The shop was great den for all pipers especially those from the Army School of Piping. David,Gem and Andrew stayed in 32 Rankeillor Street, Edinburgh. David became a focal part of Edinburgh piping and was the Hon P/M of the Highland Pipers Society for many years.
Some Highland Pipers Photos
Taken in the Sgian Dhu Hotel,Royal Terrace,Edinburgh circa 1978. Of interest in the photo are the Crowe family at the top, Ken Crowe was a past president of the Eagle Pipers,Capt. John MacLellan and front left, Gordon Stobo, who operated a shop, Highland House, directly opposite Glens in the Lawnmarket. Gordon was another great Edinburgh character and many famous pipers stepped over his door. Colin MacLellan also worked for Gordon for a short spell when he left school, tying in bags for the princely sum of £2 per bag. Gordon married later in life and had a son. He immigrated to Australia but what happened after that is somewhat of a mystery. The photo on the right is Duncan and Nan Cameron celebrating their wedding anniversary. Iain McLeod is on the left and seated at the table Hugh MacPherson. Interestingly the Societies ran in tandem and both were support well. Many famous pipers came down to play and gave some excellent recitals.