MacKenzie’s WWI Bagpipes

It was a lifetime ambition of Ian MacKenzie’s to have his great-uncle Duncan MacKenzie’s bagpipes restored and played.  These pipes were shipped back from Buzancy after Duncan was killed in a WWI battle in 1918.

The restoration was undertaken last summer by Blue MacMurchie and they were finished on Duncan MacKenzie’s birthday.  An article about the restoration will be featured in the November issue of the Piping TimesGary West, head of Celtic & Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh), will be playing the pipes at the first Ian MacKenzie Memorial Concert, Columcille Centre, Edinburgh, on 12 December (doors open 7.00 PM).  Proceeds from the Exhibition and Concert will support the School of Scottish Studies Archives, where Ian MacKenzie worked for almost 25 years.

An exhibition of his photographs will be on display in the hall from 11 AM-5 PM.  Tea, coffee & homebaking will be available.  Entrance is free but all donations to the Ian MacKenzie Memorial Fund will be gratefully received.  Although the display will only be there for one day, there will be a second exhibition at the Filmhouse (Lothian Road, Edinburgh), running from 19 December-16 January.  More details to follow.

image71.jpegBlue MacMurchie playing the newly-restored WWI bagpipes

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