Photos added: Liddell takes the Glenfiddich

Published: October 31, 2009
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Stuart Liddell with the Glenfiddich Championship trophy. [Photo: Derek Maxwell]Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 31, 2009 -Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, was named the 2009 Glenfiddich Champion at the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championships held at the great hall of Blair Castle, the Duke of Atholl’s private residence. His first time winning the prize, Liddell capped a stellar year that included the Clasp and straight wins with his Inveraray & District Pipe Band, of which he is Pipe-Major.

Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow won the Piobaireachd event for an unparalleled eighth time, while Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, narrowly missed winning a ninth overall title, which would have extended his own record.

John Wilson of Glasgow was fear-an-tigh for the day, managing to get in several digs at the Strathclyde Police force over its treatment of the associated pipe band. Malcolm McRae of Australia, who was a judge, received the Balvenie Medal for services to piping and was visibly shocked when it was announced.

Overall
1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth Nova Scotia
5th Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland

2009 Glenfiddich first-prize winners Roddy MacLeod, Stuart Liddell and Willie McCallum. [Photo: Derek Maxwell]

Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2nd Bruce Gandy, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
3rd Stuart Liddell, “The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”
4th Willie McCallum, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
5th James Murray, Cupar, Scotland, “The Old Men of the Shells”

Judges: Malcolm McRae, Ronnie McShannon, Jack Taylor

MSR
1st Willie McCallum, “Capt. Campbell of Drum a Voisk,” “Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “Roddy MacDonald’s Fancy”
2nd Stuart Liddell, “The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest,” “Atholl Cummers,” “The Little Cascade”
3rd Gordon Walker, “Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Major David Manson”
4th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “John MacColl’s Farewell to Kilbowie Cottage,” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
5th Roddy MacLeod, “The Marchioness of Tuillibardine,” “Arniston Castle,” “Ca’ the Ewes”

Judges: Bill Livingstone, Iain MacFadyen, Andrew Wright

The order-of-play in each event was:

Piobaireachd
1. Alastair Dunn, Glasgow
2. Stuart Liddell
3. James Murray
4. Gordon Walker
5. Glenn Brown, Glasgow
6. Angus MacColl
7. Roddy MacLeod
8. Bruce Gandy
9. Willie McCallum
10. Iain Speirs, Edinburgh

MSR
1. Angus MacColl
2. Stuart Liddell
3. Alastair Dunn
4. Gordon Walker
5. Glenn Brown
6. Willie McCallum
7. Roddy MacLeod
8. James Murray
9. Bruce Gandy
10. Iain Speirs

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