The Piobaireachd Society is very grateful to have received £2500 from the Patron’s Fund.
This fund was set up to benefit charities of whom The Queen is Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The gift will be used to extend funding of our bursary which gives young pipers without easy access to a Piobaireachd teacher 1 week of tuition at the College of Piping in Glasgow. Applications for this years scheme are still open, closing date 14 April.
The organisers say that the Fund has been shared equally between almost 300 successful applicants. There have been generous donations from individual donors to a range of organisations, including businesses, schools, community groups, and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch event on The Mall.
The Piobaireachd Society is priveledged to have The Queen as our Patron. Royal connections with Piobaireachd started with Angus MacKay’s appointment as piper to Queen Victoria in 1843. King George V was responsible for sending Robert Brown and Robert Nicol to John MacDonald of Inverness.
A paper “Angus MacKay Revisited” will be delivered at our annual conference on 25/26 March.