(Update 5) Johnston wins Gold Medal; Walker MSR; McCalister Silver; Liddell Senior at Argyllshire Gathering

Published: August 31, 2012
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Oban, Scotland – August 22, 2012 – Finlay Johnston of Glasgow won the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal, while Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, won the other biggest prize at the Argyllshire Gathering, the Senior Piobaireachd – reserved for previous winners of a Highland Society of London Gold Medal. The Senior Piobaireachd result was the first announced at the gathering. It is the first time that Liddell has won the prestigious prize.

Gold Medal
1st Finlay Johnston, “Farewell to the Laird of Islay”
2nd John Mulhearn, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”
3rd Glenn Bown, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”
4th Douglas Murray, Scotland, “The Daughter’s Lament”
5th James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, “Black Wedder’s White Tail”

Judges: Stuart Shedden, Tom Speirs, Jack Taylor

Senior Piobaireachd
1st Stuart Liddell, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
3rd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “The Stewarts’ White Banner”
4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Fingerlock”
5th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia

Judges: Ronnie McShannon, Willie Morrison, John Wilson

The Silver Medal was held in a Final competition of 10 who qualified in two 15-piper heats held the day before. The prizelist was not announced until approximately 10:30 pm.

Silver Medal Final
1st Peter McCalister, “You’re Welcome, Ewen Lochiel”
2nd Craig Sutherland, Scotland, “Lament for Donald of Laggan”
3rd Decker Forrest, Scotland, “Salute to Donald”
4th Elizabeth Sheridan, Canada, “Catherine’s Lament”

Judges: Hugh MacCallum, Colin MacLellan, Bob Worrall

Also competing in the Silver Medal Final were Jamie Forrester (Scotland), Alex Gandy (Canada), Alasdair Henderson (Scotland), Ben McClamrock (USA), Derek Midgley (USA) and Sarah Muir (Scotland).

MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd
1st Angus J. MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute”
2nd Sandy Cameron, “The Old Men of the Shells”
3rd Ursa Beckford, “MacGregor’s Salute”

Judges: Patricia Henderson, Dugald MacNeill, Robert Wallace, Andrew Wright

Later at night, the Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel contest was won by Gordon Walker. It was the sixth seventh time that he gained the award.

Former Winners MSR
1st Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland
2nd Jack Lee
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
4th  Willie McCallum
5th Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland

Judges: Jimmy Banks, Iain MacFadyen, Malcolm McRae

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the final day of the Argyllshire Gathering as they become available.

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