Bagpipes: A Quick History!

Highland bagpiper in kilt

I know what your thinkin’…….


While perusing the World Wide Web this fine sunny Sunday mornin’, I came across this photo on Bing’s home page of bagpipers atop the Opera House in Sydney Australia. Well……. Calamity Jane got curious!

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Source: Ben Johnson/

“How bagpipes arrived in Scotland is somewhat of a mystery.

Some historians believe that bagpipes originate from ancient Egypt and were brought to Scotland by invading Roman Legions. Others maintain that the instrument was brought over the water by the colonising Scots tribes from Ireland.

Ancient Egypt does appear to have prior claim to the instrument however; from as early as 400 BC the ‘pipers of Thebes’ are reported to have been blowing pipes made from dog skin with chanters of bone. And several hundred years later, one of the most famous exponents of the pipes is said to have been the great Roman Emperor Nero, who may well have been piping rather than fiddling whilst Rome burned.

What is certain however is that bagpipes have existed in various forms in many places around the world. In each country the construction of the basic instrument comprises the same component parts; an air supply, a bag with a chanter and one or more drones.”

I don’t know about you, but I found this bagpipes stuff interesting.

I’m sure the guys will find bagpipes more interesting now.

Calamity Jane