About The Bagpipes

About The Bagpipes

To most people, bagpipes represent the ultimate symbol of Scottish folk music.

Although its origins have never been the property of one people or nation, the bagpipe is now strongly identified with Scotland. The Scottish or Highland pipe is now the best known in the world, with one bass drone harmonising with two tenor drones and being tuned to the pitch of the pipe chanter.

The pipes were being played in Scotland by the 14th century and in the Highlands by about 1400. They achieved their recognisable form in the late 16th and 17th centuries when they also overtook the harp as the musical instrument of Gaelic society.

Piping dress explained:

This picture shows the two main styles of uniform for bagpipe players.

Piping dress explained