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 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.