Greig Sharp, 1939-2009
Greig Sharp, best known as the founder and owner of Kintail Bagpipes, died on December 5th after a lengthy bout with lung cancer. Sharp learned the pipe-making trade working with Peter Henderson, of which he was manager in its final years before the company’s sale to R.G. Hardie & Co. in 1971.
Sharp served with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), and had tuition from Pipe-Major George Stoddart and others.
He established Kintail Bagpipe Makers after the demise if Peter Henderson, and during the 1970s and ’80s was known for his assertive marketing of Kintail products. A famous Kintail advertising campaign used Dysart & Dundonald Pipe-Major Bob Shepherd as a pitch-man for Kintail products, claiming that “Testing Kintail pipes is like testing the finest Scotch whisky.”
Our sympathies go to Greig Sharp’s survivors and friends.