Pipe Music of WW1: Seaforth Highlanders

SeaforthThe Seaforth Highlanders are the subject of today’s feature by author Colin Campbell on pipers and pipe music of the First World War. It is from the fourth in his series of lectures organised by the Scottish Pipers’ Assocaition and sponsored by the National Lottery. 

In his paper Mr Campbell records some of the work of poet EA MacIntosh of the 1/5th Seaforths, who penned these words:

Cha til Macchruimen

‘The pipes in the street were playing bravely,
The marching lads went by,
With merry hearts and voices singing
My friends marched out to die;

But I was hearing a lonely pibroch
Out of an older war,
‘Farewell, farewell, farewell, MacCrimmon,
MacCrimmon comes no more.’

And there in front of the men were marching,
With feet that made no mark,
The grey old ghosts of the ancient fighters
Come back again from the dark;

And in front of them all, MacCrimmon piping
A weary tune and sore,
‘On the gathering day, for ever and ever,
MacCrimmon comes no more.’

An exhibition on WW1 and the contribution made by Highlanders is running in Elgin Hostel, Portree, Isle of Skye:WW1 poster copy