Click on this picture to see in remarkable clarity the “competing pipers” at the 1894 Northern Meeting in Inverness. The original photo is a relic from the descendants of Alexander and Nicholson MacKenzie, nephews of the great 19th-century piper John Ban MacKenzie (1796-1864). Nicholson’s pipes now reside in the College of Piping museum. I have added names to several people in the photo, though I can’t guarantee the veracity of all. If you can identify anyone else, email me. ‘Cameron of Chorriechoille’ would be the namesake of Willie Ross’s famous tune, “Corrichoillie’s 43rd Welcome to the Northern Meeting.” The legendary John MacDonald of Inverness (1866-1953) would be 28 years of age in this photograph.
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