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The Frank Gilruth Collection

Iconic Scotland

A Scottish Piper

20th Century


This is an example of the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, with three drones that come out the top of the bag which produce a constant sound. This is only one type of bagpipe out of approximately thirty varieties of bagpipes. Materials used for the bags vary widely but historically skins of local animals such as goats, dogs, sheep and cows were used. In recent years the bags have been made out of synthetic materials, including Gore-Tex, which has become more common. 

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