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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:58 PM
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The Pipe Majors of Scottish regiments traditionally write pipe tunes to commemorate their part in some battles as do some Irish regiment's Pipe Majors and/or Drum Majors. There is a pipe tune, The Battle of The Somme for instance, and I am sure that there would be others written for WW1 battles.
Perhaps Steven Broomfield might be able to find out if your tune was written by a member of the London Scottish.
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:36 PM
There was a Pipe-Major Angus Paul McKillop who served in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in the 1890s and who lived until 1942.
He was from Nairn as was his son, John Angus McKillop (also Camerons), who apparently died from wounds received at the Battle of Arras in 1917.
In an interview by the National Piping Centre in 2013, another piper, namely Jimmy McIntosh mentions a piper called Angus MacKillop 'from Perth' who beat him in a piping competition in 1945.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:55 PM
Thank You Ron,
I'll give the info to my "Wervicq" friend.
Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:16 AM
The Angus MacKillop 'from Perth' mentioned by Jimmy McIntosh is more than likely the same one in Ron's link. Angus MacIntyre MacKillop (Born 21 Feb 1918 Died: 30 July 1994) Big Angus was an architect and a very good piper. His father was from Berneray, Harris and his mother from Benbecula, South Uist.
I think it is more likely that the composer of the tune was Angus Paul McKillop (born 1863 and sometimes called Angus Paul) born in Nairn. There is a photo of his father Pipe Major Paul McKillop at ambaile.org which is noted as 1890. Angus Paul's son, John Angus Paul McKillop, D Coy. 7th Cameron Highlanders, died on 9 May 1917 of wounded received at the Battle of Arras, aged 26.
Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:22 AM
I agree with Uistman59.
However, it also begs the question as to why he would choose to compose a tune commemorating that specific military action?
It presumably meant something to him or someone close to him.
The tune also appears to be the only one by the same composer that has been published (based on Bob Pekaar's tune list).
Posted 11 April 2014 - 04:33 AM
I just obtained 'Floo'ers o' the Forest - Fallen Pipers of the Great War'.
By coincidence, there is a Piper Malcolm MacKillop (S/22590) recorded in that book as having served in
the 7th (Service) Bn. Cameron Highlanders and then being posted to the depot at Cameron Barracks
in Inverness where he died on 15th Feb 1917. He was 20 years of age and survived by