We regret to have to report the passing of London stalwart Hugh ‘Baggy’ MacMillan and of Duncan MacDiarmid, of the Atholl Highlanders.
On Hugh, Roddy Livingstone of the Scottish Piping Society of London has sent this: ‘Former SPSL President Hugh ‘Baggy’ MacMillan passed away after a short illness in Croydon University Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday 7th September.
‘Hugh recalled how his father and J B Robertson were near neighbours in the post-war years in Warwick Square, London, and how they would argue vehemently over styles of playing light music to the point of not speaking for days until one or the other relented!
‘Baggy’s funeral will take place at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NQ at 3pm on Monday 26th September.’
Duncan MacDiarmid of Aberfeldy had been ill for some time and passed away on September 9. He was 86. Whilst at Merchiston School in Edinburgh post WW2 he learned to pipe from P/M Hance Gates of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band and later took piobaireachd from Bob Brown at Balmoral. He played to a high level, competing professionally round the games in his younger day.
A highly successful farmer and landowner, Duncan retained his enthusiasm for piping throughout his life joining the Atholl Highlanders Pipe Band where he became band President on retiring from playing. He played a leading role in judging and organising piping events at Highland games in his native Perthshire.
A review by Andrew Wright of the new combined edition of Side Lights on the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor is published today. It begins: ‘First released in two volumes in 1984 and 1986, this new, high quality combined edition comprises all of the original material plus information on a further ten pieces giving a total of 60 tunes with detailed notes of instruction pursued and received by Archibald Campbell of Kilberry from 1900 -1911…..’
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