Braemar Gathering Photograph Identification Appeal

Piping Convenor at Braemar Royal Highland Gathering, Jim Wood, has sent this: ‘Some interesting pictures for you this week, which if possible we would like some help with. We think we know the years, but are struggling with the pipers, are you able to help?

‘Braemar Royal Highland Society are undertaking an archiving project of the memorabilia they have collected over the last 200 years. Should your readers have any photographs or items you would like to gift or share with us please contact the Society Secretary.’ braemar-pic-4

PP: In this picture we recognise judges Norman Meldrum (centre ) and Angus MacPherson, Invershin (right), but not the piper or the other judge.


PP: This is obviously Willie MacDonald (Inverness) the double Gold Medallist, shinty champion, pipe music collector and composer and renowned tutor.

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PP: We thought initially that the pic immediately above might have been Jimmy Young, formerly of Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band, but now we’re not so sure. The one above we feel we should know but can’t place, similarly the piper in the main picture up top.

This year’s Braemar Gathering is on September 3rd and the promoters are keen to attract young players as well as those for the senior contests where the first prize is a Gold Medal worth £1,000. Entry forms here.

If anyone has info on the pix please pass on to or to Mr Wood.

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3 thoughts on “Braemar Gathering Photograph Identification Appeal

  1. I agree with Duncan’s thoughts Robert on the piper in Battle dress is indeed the late John MacDougall, taken whilst serving in The Cameron Highlanders. Slainte’

  2. I meant to mention that the piping board as far as I know would have been within the main games arena. I think Jack Taylor told me that when he attended Braemar as a youngster the piping was held in the arena. The games at that time I think were held on a Thursday and on the previous day, the Wednesday, the Aboyne Highland Games were held. It was busy times in Deeside during that week.

  3. I think the piper in Battle dress is ? —-but the pattern of the kilt is putting me off, is young John MacDougall . The position of fingers and the embossed silver on the bagpipe is pointing me in that direction. I did see a photograph of John when serving in the Cameron Highlanders and this reminded me of that photographer as soon as I saw it—- maybe I should go to Specsavers tho’? Pipers who served with John, particularly Iain MacFadyen and Iain Fraser, known as the” Sheriff” would confirm.
    Duncan Watson

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