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The 100-years-plus tradition of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society to exclude women from joining will continue, after a proposal to abolish the gender discrimination was defeated at the society’s annual general meeting.
A total of 52 per cent of voting members cast ballots against the motion “to abolish the exclusion of lady pipers from the Society.”
The defeat of the motion came at the hands of those not actually attending the meeting, sending in their votes by proxy.
The final vote on the motion was:
|Those in attendance||19||12||3||61.3% for the motion|
|Proxies||17||27||n/a||61.4% against the motion|
|Total||36||39||3||52% against the motion|
The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society – affectionately known as the “Jolly Boys” – is based in Edinburgh and comprises “gentleman” pipers of professional standing, usually pipers of Britain’s aristocracy with an “amateur” standing in piping – that is, never having competed for prize-money.
Among other things, the RSPS has sponsored the Former Winners MSR at the Northern Meeting, and the “Silver Star” medal is of the Society’s insignia. The group recently resumed sponsorship of the Silver Star MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering. The RSPS holds a recital every year with non-member, non-amateur soloists performing.