Published: December 31, 2001

Captain John MacLellan Memorial Trust Established

A trust to commemorate Captain John A. MacLellan has been established, starting with an endowment from Mrs. Christine “Bunty” MacLellan, widow of the great piper.

The trust is specifically intended to create piobaireachd composing competition to be held every three years. The first event will be for a piobaireachd, which must be in “traditional” form including taorluath and crunluath variations. Deadline for entries will be November 2003.

Designated trustees are Allan Beaton (chairman), Colin R. MacLellan, Malcolm MacRae, and John Thomson, an Edinburgh lawyer.

For over 50 years Captain John MacLellan was a powerful, talented, and productive force in world piping. A formidable competitor, he is still the only piper ever to have won the Clasp and Silver Star at Inverness and the Senior Piobaireachd and Former Winners MSR at Oban in the same year (1958). He was Senior Pipe-Major of the British Army for many years, and ran the Army School of Piping and Pipe-Major’s course at Edinburgh Castle after Pipe-Major Willie Ross retired.

Information on the trust and the competition is available from John MacLellan Memorial Trust, Lochbay House, Stein, Waternish, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GA Scotland.

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