The History of Leith

April 20, 2008

Pipe dream – glorious history of Scotland’s iconic instrument is made up, says expert

For generations, its sharp and unmistakeable sound has struck fear into Scotland’s enemies, emboldened its troops in battle and helped define its national identity. Every year, tourists in their tens of thousands flock to Edinburgh Castle to applaud the massed pipe bands of Scotland’s regiments.

But contrary to popular myth, the great Highland bagpipe never led the Scots clans into battle against the English, nor did kilted pipers carry them around the castles of Highland chieftains, playing laments to the fallen. for more click here

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