Jean Campbell of Glasgow was made a Member of the British Empire for services to piping on this year’s annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced on June 13, 2014.
Campbell’s contributions to the art include several books and numerous articles on piping, as well as regular reporting on piping competitions. For many years she worked with the late Seumas MacNeill, and has dedicated much of her time to studying bagpipe makers.
Her book, Highland Bagpipe Makers, is considered the best source so far on manufacturers known to have produced the great pipe.
Pipers and drummers are infrequently recognized in the Queen’s Honours for their work, but recipients have included Roddy MacLeod (MBE), Captain John A. MacLellan (MBE), Gavin Stoddart (BEM), Jim Kilpatrick (MBE), Iain MacLellan (BEM), Richard Parkes (MBE) and Donald MacLeod (MBE).
Despite his substantial and often pioneering work for piping, Seumas MacNeill never received a “gong” from Buckingham Palace.
pipes|drums congratulates Jeannie Campbell on her official recognition for many years of contributions to piping.