Tom's Bagpipes

Sometime in the early 1970's Tom Doran traveled to Scotland and lived in London and the general area for a few years. While he was there he had bagpipes constructed.

Tom's bagpipes
Tom wrote, "My bagpipes - personally made for me in 1974 in Edinburgh."

As you can see they are covered in the Buchanan Tartan which is his family tartan.

Tom also wrote: "When I came back through customs (in Montreal), they thought I was smuggling drugs in my bagpipes (seriously)...and they started poking in the drones - I yelled at them, and they looked at me, then stopped. They told me, arrogantly, that I'd have to pay taxes to them for bringing them in. Their faces dropped when i told them that bagpipes were exempt from any import taxes into Canada. They were getting angry, till they checked in their book - and sure enough I was right. They let me go, but were very, very unhappy."

Tom got out of that situation intact but not everyone is so lucky. Tom pointed out that: "In 1746, piper James Reid, who led the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart into battle at Cull­oden, was executed for carrying a set of bagpipes." Well, that's terrible.

By the Way, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. Be sure to celebrate with a friend.

Bugs Bunny plays the bagpipes

Everyone wants to play bagpipes.

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