August 31, 2007

Updated: Speirs wins Northern Meeting Gold Medal

Aviemore, Scotland – August 30, 2007 – Iain Speirs of Edinburgh (pictured, right) achieved the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting today, adding to the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal that he won in 2002. Earlier in the day Margaret Dunn of Glasgow won the Silver Medal.

Gold Medal
1st Iain Speirs, “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute” (£200)
2nd Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (£140)
3rd Neil Smith, Balfron, Scotland (£100)
4th James Murray, Cupar, Scotland (£70)
5th James MacHattie, Toronto, “MacNeill of Barra’s March” (£50)
Judges: John MacDougall, Angus MacLellan, Iain Morrison

Silver Medal
1st Margaret Dunn, Glasgow (£100)
2nd Gareth Rudolph, Glasgow (£75)
3rd Jamie Forrester, Stirling, Scotland (£50)
4th Andrew Douglas, Syracuse, New York (£40)
5th Steven Watterson, Maldon, Scotland (£30)
Judges: Ian Duncan, Malcolm McRae, Jack Taylor

A-Grade MSR
1st Niall Stewart (£150)
2nd Greg Wilson, New Zealand (£100)
3rd James Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland (£60)
4th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh (£50)
5th Glenn Brown, Milton, Ontario (£30)
Judges: Bill Livingstone, Iain MacFadyen, John Wilson

Announcement of the Silver Star Former Winners March, Strathspey & Reel, whose start was delayed by an hour-and-a-half because of the Gold Medal starting and finish late, will not be made until the end of the Friday competitions.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more results from the Northern Meeting as they become available.


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  1. I’ve known that you should have been out of that contest for a while and now you can be proud to have set the record straight and you have earned your way into the Gold Medal fair and square The biggest of Congratulations !!!!! Bruce

  2. Comhghairdeas Margaret, you’re an inspiration to us all here in Ireland. Your Dad Con and Stephen Power must be very proud. You’ve set so many records over the past week it’s hard to take it all in! Good luck in the Gold Medal next year (where you belong!), John

  3. Congrats Margaret it was a long time coming but you have made history by becoming the first member of the Irish Piobaireachd Society in the Gold Medal and we are all so proud of your achievement. We wish you all the best and thank you for showing what can be done with determination and dedication. We’ll have that drink when we next meet.



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