This prestigious contest for pipers aged under 22 was held today, October 2nd, at Lochnell Castle, Benderloch, Argyll. The overall champion piper with most points in the Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel sections was Andrew Ferguson, formerly of Dollar Academy Pipe Band.
Andrew is pictured above with his trophy and medal. He received the winners’ trophy, the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society Bronze Medal and £200.
The full results were as follows:
1 Andrew Ferguson, Earl of Ross’s March, £120
2 Ruairidh Brown, Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy, £80
3 Hamish Drennan, Battle of the Pass of Crieff, £60
4 Finlay Cameron, Lament for the Iolaire, £40
1 Andrew Ferguson, £120
2 Ross Conner, £80
3 Finlay Cameron, £60
4 Brodie Watson-Massey, £40
Each competitor received substantial expenses on top of any prizemoney.
To competition was created to celebrate 150 years since the inauguration of the Argyllshire Gathering. It is hoped it can become an annual event.
It brought together ten of Scotland’s finest Intermediate players: Bobby Allen, Ruairidh Brown, Finlay Cameron, Ross Conner, Hamish Drennan, Andrew Ferguson, Luke Kennedy, Cameron May, Anna Smart and Brodie Watson-Massey.
Each piper had to submit four tunes of their own choice. They were given the tunes selected by the judges one week in advance.
The event was held in the chapel in Lochnell Castle with the kind permission of the Earl of Dundonald and hosted by his son Lord Archie Cochrane.
The judges for both events were Ian Duncan, Archie Maclean and Robert Wallace. Fear an Tigh was John Wilson.
Sponsors were the Piobaireachd Society, The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, the Duncan Louis Stewart Foundation, JLS Lonsdale Charitable Trust, William Grant Foundation, Foundation Scotland and Andrew Holman, Kilfinichen Estate.
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