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date: 13 November 2019

MacDonald, Donald locked

  • Jeannie Campbell


(b Skye, Scotland, 1767; d Edinburgh, Scotland, Oct 11, 1840). Highland Scottish bagpipe maker. The son of a joiner, MacDonald served as a piper in the Rothesay and Caithness Fencibles from 1795 to 1802, afterwards settling in Edinburgh. There he could have learned pipemaking with Hugh Robertson, or with Muir Wood & Co., who advertised as makers of bagpipes in 1803. MacDonald appears in the Edinburgh directories from 1806 to 1810 as a pipemaker, firstly at Canongatehead, then at Lawnmarket. In 1808 he advertised that he was an instrument maker and teacher of pipe music, and had just published a complete set of instructions for the Highland, Lowland, and Northumberland bagpipes. He served as pipe major of the Argyll Militia from 1810 to 1819; during his later service, when not required for active duty, he was allowed to carry on his normal occupation in Edinburgh. In 1817 he advertised that ‘D. McDonald carries on the business of pipe making in all its branches and gives lessons on the Highland and Union Pipes etc’....

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