Jimmy Young

We are grateful to Ian Duncan, solo adjudicator and pipe major of the Atholl Highlanders, for passing on the following:

‘Sad news today on the passing of piper and adjudicator Jimmy Young yesterday. Jimmy played with the Edinburgh City Police band in the 1950s under P/M Donald Shaw Ramsay. Donald composed the 2/4 march named after Jimmy, which appears in vol. 2 of his Edcath collection. Jimmy was probably best known as a fine solo player and in his later years a judge on the solo circuit. Condolences to his son Roddy and the family.’

Jimmy Young in his competing days with some of his trophies

Jimmy Young was also a tutor at the College of Piping for many years and attended their summer school in California on many occasions. In the 1960s Jimmy Young lived in South Africa for a while and had a considerable impact on the piping and pipe band scene in that country. Whilst there he served as pipe major of the Transvaal Scottish regiment from 1965 to 1969.


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  1. I remember reading in the Piping Times a few years ago, about the time Jimmy Young was competing in front of Angus MacPherson and Willie Ross. It was Angus’s turn to pick the tune, so he told Jimmy Young to play “Brigadier Ronald Cheap….” in honour of Willie, who had composed it. According to Jimmy Young, Ross seemed very pleased with things until Jimmy reached the third and fourth parts, which he played in the “modern style” rather than in the way that Ross had written them. He could tell from the change in Ross’s expression that he wasn’t going to get a prize that day; apparently he was correct.

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