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“Pipers, we know, have been a godless race in all ages, but why candle makers?”                      – ‘Scots Lore’ (1895)

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“From a set of woodcuts. Dress about the time of Henry VIII. It seems that about this time bagpipes were known in the south. In a curious “Dance of Death,” under which Latin texts are printed, is the figure sketched above, which is dancing with a jester who has the tonsure of a priest. Death here seems to wear a sort of kilt. In other cuts he is playing on a violoncello, and on something like a dulcimer, and then he is otherwise dressed. In the garden of Eden he is naked.”
– ‘Popular Tales of the West Highlands’, J. F. Campbell (1893), vol. 4, p.55.

 

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“Highland sculptors also made stone satires upon the pipes. Above the door of “Dundarav,” a ruined castle near Inverary, there used to be a figure playing a tune upon his nose, which suggested the above design of the Spirit of the Pipes.”
‘Popular Tales of the West Highlands’, J. F. Campbell (1893), vol. 4, p.53.

 

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