General Thomason Centenary

A successful event was held on 12 July in Inverallan Cemetery Grantown on Spey to mark 100 years since the death of General Charles Thomason.  General Thomason was the author of the biggest ever collection of Piobaireachd, Ceol Mor, published in 1900. It was the first collection to lay out piobaireachd systematically and to use abbreviations, making the music easier to follow and memorise.  General Thomason was the first President of the Piobaireachd Society.
Brian MacKenzie, who did the original research about Thomason was present, as was the archivist George Dixon who had provided much of the information. Brian MacKenzie's paper about the General is in the Piobaireachd Society Proceedings 1983 Middleton Hall
The service at the cemetery was conducted by Rev Leslie Barrett and Bill Wotherspoon played the Old Woman's Lullaby, the tune which was played by Archibald Campbell at the General's funeral.  At lunch afterwards Andrew Wright played Thomason's "Hail to my Country"and John Frater spoke of the General's contribution to Piobaireachd.
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