|Bagpipes in MIMEd
|This division of the Collection currently consists of over 140 items (including chanters and other incomplete and fragmentary instruments). The richness of the bagpipe collection is largely attributable in the first place to the skill, ingenuity and interest of the Glen family and latterly, to the maintenance of this tradition by their successors, Andrew M. Ross and Andrew J. Ross, father and son, who added significantly to the Glen Collection of instruments, particularly with bagpipes. The collection includes good examples of bagpipes from France, Spain and Italy, but its main strength lies in the representation of British bagpipes covering the period from the eighteenth century to the second half of the twentieth century. In Scotland, the Great Highland Bagpipe has come to dominate piping over the last century and a half, overshadowing the diversity of forms common until at least the early nineteenth century, most of which are represented. These include the Lowland bellows pipes (sometimes referred to as the ‘Scottish Border bellows bagpipe’), the ‘pastoral pipes’ (or ‘union pipes’) and the small-pipes.
|Robert Glen (1835-1911); H.I. Brackenbury (1869-1938) ; Andrew M. Ross; Andrew J. Ross; University of Edinburgh.
|The Glen Collection items were lent, some by Andrew Ross in 1969, and some by Mrs V.M. Ross in 1981 - these were all purchased by the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in 1983 but continue on loan to EUCHMI from the National Museums of Scotland. Items from the Brackenbury Collection were allocated by the Government in 1991. Other items are on loan from Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries. The current acquisition policy is intended to redress the high proportion of loaned instruments in the current bagpipe collection.