March 31, 2000

Allan MacDonald Attacked in Glasgow

Clasp winner Allan MacDonald of Glenuig was attacked and severely beaten in Glasgow during a robbery earlier this week, putting the famous piper in the hospital.

MacDonald reportedly suffered a shattered kneecap and broken arm in the incident in which the assailants left him on the south side of the city. Much to the relief of the piping world, he is now recuperating at home.

Allan MacDonald, who won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1984 and the Clasp there in the 1990s, is the eldest of the famous MacDonald brothers of Glenuig. In 1996 he completed his masters thesis on piobaireachd and Gaelic song, which prompted some controversy in the piping community.

Many feel that MacDonald’s work on the topic has ushered in new thinking on piobaireachd as an artform.

Readers wishing to send get well wishes by e-mail can contact Allan MacDonald by clicking here


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