December 31, 2003

James Campbell dies

James Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, died peacefully in hospital in Oban. He was 87.

Like his father, James Campbell served with the Piobaireachd Society for many years, both in executive and advisory roles. At his death he was Honourary President of the organization. Thoguh never a competitor, Campbell was an adjudicator of piobaireachd into from his teens until his eighties, and was an avid and active attendee of the major competitions up to the year of his death.

A lecturer at Cambridge University, Campbell was well liked and popular with the world piping community. He was known for always having positive and pithy comments about performers and performances, especially to younger pipers.

A major contribution was his Sidelights books on the works and letters of his father, the controversial compiler of The Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor.

We extend our sympathy to James Campbell’s friends and survivors.




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