South Uist’s Forgotten Piper Mick Haggerty and a Happy Ending to His Story

I can report a positive conclusion to the P/M Michael Haggarty story. As was previously reported, it was believed that his service medals were buried with him when he died in June 1974. (He’s pictured wearing miniatures of them in above photograph.) However it turns out that they were in the possession of one of the members of the now disbanded Cardiff RSL Pipe Band (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) and he had…

The Great Bill Boyle and What a Privilege it was to Learn from Him

Australian piper and adjudicator Dennis Browning follows up on our earlier story from Nicholas Taitz about New Zealand’s master piper, the late Bill Boyle, ‘the best since GS’…… The above photo was taken in my lounge room in May 1980. Pictured are Brian Wilson, Bill Boyle and myself. Bill was invited to judge at the East Coast Championships here in Newcastle, New Soouth Wales, and he stayed with me for…

History: South Uist’s Forgotten Piper

Further to my ‘Sheepwife’ story and Pipe Major Mick Haggerty, I wish to let you know that since his passing in 1974 the grave site of P/M Haggerty at Sandgate Cemetery (near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia) has been unmarked. Two months ago (Saturday, 8th May) Graham Adams, Paul Ross, Ron Lightfoot and I placed a cross on Mick’s grave to help perpetuate the memory of such an influential piper….

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