Reader Kerry MacIver has written asking for information about her grandfather, P/M William Jack of the Dalziel Highland Pipe Band.
‘He passed away in 1978 but in his day he seems to have been fairly well known. Going by a photograph I have, he was one of the judges at the SPBA competition at Murrayfield, Edinburgh in 1947.
‘I was just wondering if it was possible if anyone still remembered him and had any anecdotes or photos (or both!)
‘If you know of where any archives of the band are likely to be kept, or others I can contact, please let me know, and I’d be grateful if you were able to put the word out there to see if anything comes up. I have already contacted the Pipe Band Association archive group but I thought I would come to you too.
Dalziel were famous for their drumming and spawned Leading Drummers Gordon Jelly, who emigrated to Canada, Jimmy Catherwood and the great Alex Duthart. AD Hamilton seen far left of the picture above is considered the father of pipe band ensemble and was instrumental in establishing the RSPBA’s education programme. Also in the picture is Malcolm Macpherson, son of Angus Macpherson, Invershin, and a recognised expert and performer of ceol mor. The J Wilson mentioned must have been John Wilson, Edinburgh, who was soon to emigrate to Canada and become such an influence of piping in North America.
Over to our readers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below if you can help Kerry (and us) with more on her grandfather.
3 thoughts on “Appeal for More Information on P/M Willie Jack of the Dalziel Highland Pipe Band”
I wonder if I could take the opportunity of piggybacking on Kerry’s request for info?
I own a set of pipes that once belonged to P/M David Ross of the Dalzell Highland band. He was one of P/M Jack’s successors and I think would have been in charge of the band in the ‘50s or ‘60s. He was certainly pipe-major during Alex Duthart’s time as leading drummer; I believe that composed the last two parts of the 6-parted version of The Clan MacRae Society following a request from Alex for a 6-parted competition march for the band.
I had conversation about the pipes a few years back with Andrew Wright who told me that he was better known as ‘Dai’ Ross.
I’ve been curious about P/M Ross since I got the pipes. I doubt that he was their first owner as they probably predate WWI.
If anyone has any information about this later leader of the band, I’d be interested in hearing it.
6 Balmoral bonnets to 1 Glengarry. Those were the days! 🙂 Michael Grey
With you on that one Mike; one of the highlights of the Live Back in Ireland stuff were those bonnets! RW
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