Angus Lawrie, 1930-2018
Born in Oban, Scotland, in 1930, Lawrie completed hi national service with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and was a member of the Grade 1 Glasgow/Strathclyde Police Pipe Band during the 1960s and ’70s under pipe-majors Ronald Lawrie, his cousin, and Ian McLellan.
Angus Lawrie penned more than 300 tunes, the most well-known of which are the 4/4 march, “The 1976 Police Tattoo,” the hornpipe “Old Toasty” (Ronald Lawrie’s father’s nickname), and the march, “Dugald Gillespie.”
After retiring as a serving police officer, Lawrie was pipe-major of the Grade 1 Britoil in the 1980s, the band that was previously named Clan Campbell and, before that, Red Hackle. After Britoil folded, he was pipe-major of Johnstone, which at the time was a Grade 3 band.
Angus Lawrie published a collection of his music, The Oban Connection, in the 1980s, and his sheepskin pipe bags for a time were among the most widely played.
On behalf of the piping and drumming world, our sympathies are with Angus Lawrie’s family and many friends at this sad time.